Do the risks of AI derive from AI being more human than we think?

On 12 June, Magic Circle firm Slaughter and May jointly with ASI Data Science published a white paper (the "Paper") titled Superhuman Resources - Responsible Deployment of AI in Business , dedicated to exploring the benefits, risks and potential vulnerabilities of AI. The Paper is well written, well researched and very interesting and I strongly recommend to read …

Big Data and the Music Paradox

It is recent news that Spotify has settled a complex licensing dispute involving mechanical licensing rights, allegedly in order to clean up its affairs in view of a prospective IPO. Mechanical rights under US law must be obtained (in addition to performance rights) when reproducing a piece of music onto a physical or digital support.  It …

Why Artificial Intelligence Will Need a Legal Personality

The development of robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) is an exciting, relentless reality which is slowly making its way out of science fiction movies and into our mundane world. Furthermore, people and technology are increasingly interacting at an individual, daily level.  The increased occasions of interaction between human and AI systems have great potential not …

Augmented Reality Mirrors – Fashion Meets Digital and Privacy Concerns

If, like me, you have switched to e-commerce because you hate the experience of trying clothes on fitting rooms (as in fact do 46% of customers according to a survey conducted by Body Labs in 2016) but end up sending back half of your purchases because they don’t fit or look and feel different than …

Cybersecurity and board responsibilities

The “Wannacry” ransomware attack that disrupted businesses around the world on 12 May has led to the need to consider more carefully the impact of a cyberattack and its implications not only on the protection of consumer data, but also on the company’s financial and sensitive data. A cyberattack can not only cause the loss …

Thoughts – Are They No Longer Private Experiences?

The essence of who we are - we may refer to it with the overused term "consciousness" perhaps - or at the very least our persona and personality, are created through and contained in our thoughts and experiences. Thoughts and experiences which for the most part, until recent years, were private or shared with few …

IoT Enabled Contracts – Dynamic Contracts Are On The Way – What Will Lawyers Do?

As a transactional lawyer, I have countless times assisted clients in renegotiating and drafting amendments, side letters and updates to signed contracts to address issues that come up from time to time during the contractual relationship. Let's face it: contracts are a static, binding photograph of a situation, and their purpose is to address issues …

Negotiation Advice: Time is On Your Side

Negotiation tip of the day: when negotiating a difficult matter or trying to get out of a difficult situation being in a hurry to close the deal is very rarely on your side. If you want to achieve a better outcome, try to find a way to buy yourself time first. © Stefania Lucchetti 2017.  For …