• This news was WIDELY covered yesterday. Google has developed a “computer assistant (called ‘Google Duplex’) that makes convincingly human-sounding phone calls.” You should definitely check out the video. The system is not yet as refined as the video makes it seem; still, the implications (including legal) are serious and far-reaching. Representative coverage here and here.

 

  • Check this for an overview of the current state of AI and copyrights in the US and Canada: Ars ex machina: artificial intelligence, the artist, by Andrée-Anne Perras-Fortin of Lavery de Billy LLP.

 

  • L&E lawyers may want to check this out: Deputy Announces AI-Driven Auto-Scheduling To Optimize Hourly Worker Shifts in a Single Click.Auto-Scheduling to enable businesses with hourly workers to quickly and easily create, optimize and fill legally compliant schedules across industries such as restaurants, fast food, healthcare, staffing and franchises.”

 

  • From Artificial Lawyer, here’s a review of innovation taking place in Italy.

 

  • “U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, and Joni Ernst (R-IA), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee, today introduced bipartisan legislation to spur much needed attention to maintaining America’s competitiveness in artificial intelligence (AI), in support of U.S. national security and economic interests, as well as to maintain a competitive advantage over other nations in the use of this cutting-edge technology.” Here’s the bill. It includes one of the more complex yet ambiguous definitions of AI that I have seen. Its effect is to create a committee which will generate a report as specified and then terminate.