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Amid reports of police shootings of unarmed, mostly black, individuals and the waves of accompanying protests, police body cameras have gained favor as a tool to make police-citizen interactions more transparent. Studies have shown that body cameras have decreased the number of complaints against police officers and use-of-force incidents. Additionally, one study has [...]

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After a year long investigation, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman recently announced settlements with three popular mobile health measurement applications who claimed their products could measure a consumer’s heart rate without any external devices, using only a consumer’s smartphone camera and sensors. For example, Matis, the company behind My Baby’s Beat, advertised [...]

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The 2004 movie I, Robot features an Audi RSQ that drives itself among other autonomous vehicles in the year 2035. Leading actor Will Smith’s character constantly overrides the car’s autopilot feature in favor of his manual driving, particularly to the surprise of leading actress Bridget Moynahan’s character, who questions Smith, “What do you think you’re [...]

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On Monday, March 27, 2017, the Supreme Court heard arguments from parties in one of the most important patent cases in years, TC Heartland v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC. The case originated in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware before making its way to the Federal Circuit, [...]

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On March 16, 2017, Lyft Inc. and over 200,000 current and former drivers reached a $30 million settlement in a class action lawsuit. The plaintiffs, all current and former Lyft drivers, alleged that they were “employees” and not “independent contractors” under California law, and that in some cases, they had not earned the minimum [...]

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Cybersecurity for Autonomous Vehicles

By jdclark On March 20, 2017 · Leave a Comment

Autonomous vehicles promise to be extraordinarily safer than human drivers because ninety-four percent of crashes can be attributed to human error. However, a less discussed danger is the threat of data breaches and other nefarious electronic hacking of cars as they increase in technological sophistication. Wikileaks recently released documents showing the intelligence community has [...]

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Trademark rights protect the use in commerce of a distinctive “mark” recognized by the public as indicative of the source of a product. Trademark protection is intended to facilitate communication between sellers and buyers, by providing a means for buyers to readily identify the business responsible for the good or service they are interested in [...]

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Artificial Intelligence and Copyright

By cobrien On March 15, 2017 · Leave a Comment

Have you ever listened to a song written by artificial intelligence? While recorded music has relied more and more on technology to perfect the voice of your favorite artists, AI has been developing rapidly towards creating technology capable of autonomous creation.

The term “Artificial Intelligence” was coined in 1956 at the Dartmouth Conference. In [...]

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