Law and AI notes: Kay Firth-Butterfield on the NHTSA letter, Moshe Vardi on AI-induced inequality, and more

Some brief Presidents Day updates on happenings in the AI law and policy world:

  • Kay Firth-Butterfield has written an excellent summary of the recent NHTSA letter regarding Google’s self-driving car on the blog for Lucid AI.  She emphasizes NHTSA’s limited role and concludes that the letter “does not change the law but provides an interpretation or an ‘agency’s view,’” and similar to the sentiments expressed in Friday’s post, attributes the “media’s erroneous statements around the ‘approval’ of SRS as ‘driver’” to “the simple fact that NHTSA has to ‘assume’ that the SRS is a driver of the car in order to answer the letter from Google.”
  • Statements by several noted AI academics at an AAAS conference has generated renewed buzz about the potential impact of AI on the labor market.  Moshe Vardi warned that AI could exacerbate economic inequality and expressed concern that the issue is “nowhere on the radar screen” among policymakers even though it’s a presidential election year.
  • The New York Times has a short op-ed by Justin Long (not the actor) on his new AI-based dating algorithm that he says will “streamline and improve the online matching process” by automating “selection and basic introductory conversations.” (I guess swiping right requires too much effort?)  No word on who would be liable if the AI sets you up on a horrible blind date.
  • Law and AI now is on Twitter @AiPolicy

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