22 Oct 2019

MH&C launches AI guide

Business law firm Mason Hayes & Curran (MH&C) has launched a new guide to artificial intelligence. The guide gives an overview of how the AI industry and how EU guidance and regulation is developing.

By David Cowan

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The European Commission is proposing a regulatory environment including key elements such as human agency and oversight, technical robustness and safety, and, privacy and data governance as well as transparency. The EU has also considered whether it will be necessary to create a specific legal status for robots with a view to making them electronic persons with rights and responsibilities.

Commenting on the guide MH&C partner Brian McElligott said, “No doubt some will criticise the EU’s robust legal and ethical approach and say that it will widen the gap between the advances made in the field in the EU and other jurisdictions.” Mr McElligot addressed the deep-fake challenge: “But in a world where people are becoming more privacy-savvy and new phenomena such as deep-fake videos are beginning to proliferate, it could well turn out that trust, not speed, is more likely to be the ultimate driver of innovation in this expansive area.” He said the key is for any organisations using AI or machine learning to ensure that this usage complies with their existing regulatory obligations.

The guide also includes a useful AI jargon buster, decoding terms such as autonomous mode and deep learning. The contents of the guide are: Can Machines Own Copyright in Their Creations?; Liability Arising from the Use of AI in Healthcare; Artificial Intelligence in FinTech; GDPR, Part II? EU Organisations to Face New Rules on Non-Personal Data; AI in Commercial Contracts – What You Need to Know; The EU Approach – Human Centric Artificial Intelligence; How AI is Changing Your Life Every Day; Artificial Intelligence and the Irish Approach – AI Island; AI Jargon Buster.

The firm is also the sole legal sponsor of the AI Awards Ireland, which aims to increase public awareness and support of Artificial Intelligence by bringing academia and industry together to showcase and recognize the excellent AI work and dedication within AI on the island of Ireland. The AI Awards Ceremony takes place on 20 November 2019.


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