15 6221 - Law and Ethics of Artificial Intelligence and Big Data

Prereq: None. Focuses on the emerging legal framework of cutting-edge digital technologies, including AI and machine learning, big data and analytics, blockchain, and the internet and social media. Discusses how the law impacts the development, application and commercialization of these technologies, and how emerging legal principles are being shaped by the policy and ethical debates raised by the technologies' profound economic, political and cultural impacts, both beneficial and mischievous. Addresses intellectual property rights in innovations. Special attention to the perspectives of those planning careers built on cutting-edge skills or innovations, and managers and commercial and social entrepreneurs engaged in efforts to bring innovations from ideas to impact. Meets with 15.622 when offered concurrently. Expectations and evaluation criteria differ for students taking graduate version; consult syllabus or instructor for specific details.
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