New technology is changing all aspects of how our society, businesses, and governments function and rapidly changing the way that lawyers practice. These emerging technologies require new forms of legal governance, and Duke Law is committed to ensuring its graduates understand new technologies and are equipped to make well-informed legal and ethical decisions as society explores these uncharted territories.
Already robotic and artificial intelligence (AI) tools are helping to care for our elders, to nurture our children, to influence the sentencing of our convicted, to predict the creditworthiness of our consumers, and to carry people across roads, rails, and skies with increasingly limited human involvement.
We must find ways to ensure that human-robot interactions occur in ways that are safe and are consistent with our cultural values. We must take care that our policies and laws provide artificial intelligence tools with the direction we need without quashing or hindering the innovations that could improve our lives.
The lawyer-leader of tomorrow must understand blockchains.
Blockchains, decentralized databases that are maintained by a distributed network of computers, present manifold challenges and opportunities.
Blockchains and associated technologies offer unprecedented potential to disrupt financial systems, to support civic participation and democratized access to resources, to change the way we contract with one another, and much more.
In an information age, where data and networks architect our public, professional, and private lives, both new opportunities and new risks arise.
Law and policy play significant roles in how data is collected, retained, used, shared, and protected, and effective data governance depends on interdisciplinary approaches where social thinkers speak the language of technology and technology companies understand demands for ethical technology design.