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A Survey of Legal Issues Arising from the Deployment of Autonomous and Connected Vehicles

By  Daniel A. Crane, Kyle D. Logue, & Bryce C. Pilz

Article, Spring 2017

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A Comment on Privacy and Accountability in Black-Box Medicine

By Carl E. Schneider

Comment, Spring 2017

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Steering Consumers Toward Driverless Vehicles: A Federal Rebate Program as a Catalyst for Early Technology Adoption

By Marie Williams

Note, Spring 2017

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New Threats to Vehicle Safety: How Cybersecurity Policy Will Shape the Future of Autonomous Vehicles

By Caleb Kennedy

Note, Spring 2017

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Jailbreak!: What Happens When Autonomous Vehicle Owners Hack Into Their Own Cars

By Michael Sinanian

Note, Spring 2017

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Blog Posts

The Controversial Genome-Editing Technique CRISPR-Cas9

On February 15, 2017, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued a ruling on a patent dispute about a genome-editing technique called CRISPR-Cas9.  The Regents of the University of California, University of Vienna, and a scientist named Emmanuelle Charpentier (collectively “UC”) initiated this legal proceeding, called an interference, against the Broad Institute, Inc., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and President and Fellows of Harvard College (collectively “Broad”). The three-judge panel unanimously sided with Broad concluding, although temporarily, a legal battle closely watched by scientists, legal professionals and the biotechnology industry. On April 12, 2017, UC filed an appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

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Blame it on the Robot?

Google-owned artificial intelligence company DeepMind recently succeeded at designing a program capable of defeating some of the world’s best players of Chinese strategy game Go.  While this may not appear groundbreaking, the real triumph comes from the fact that while the programmers laid the ground rules, it was the program itself, AlphaGo, that taught itself to play.

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Fake News in the News Yet Again

On January 11, 2017, the term “fake news” entered the mainstream discourse when Donald Trump, during his first press conference as President-elect, refused to take a question from CNN reporter Jim Acosta and told him, “You are fake news.”  The source of that outburst can apparently be traced to a 35-page unverified document based primarily on memos complied by a former British intelligence operative that CNN had publicized.  President-elect Trump immediately blasted the report through his favorite medium of communication, tweeting, “FAKE NEWS – A TOTAL POLITICAL WITCH HUNT!”

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