The emergence of artificial intelligence as a buzzword––catapulted by newly available generative AI algorithms for public usage such as ChatGPT––has brought learning algorithms to the forefront of public attention. Artificial intelligence (AI) is an umbrella term for computers that are trained to perform specific tasks; to be clear, we do not yet have truly sentient … Continue Reading
Introduction Samuel Warren and Louis Brandeis proffered the concept of an individual’s protection in his “full person” not just that of his property; “a man’s house is his castle,” and there’s also a man’s “right to be let alone.” Warren and Brandeis once said, “[r]ecent inventions and business methods call attention to the next step … Continue Reading
The Positive “Impact” of Fan-Friendly Copyright Policies on Fan-Made Merchandise: A Case Study of Genshin Impact
Introduction The video game industry has grown immensely over the past few decades. From creating a more global presence in society with esports, to video games being picked up by production companies and adapted into movies, tv shows, and animations. All of these successful endeavors were made possible because of the support of fans. The … Continue Reading
Who Owns It? Who Made It? The Confusing Treatment of Works of Authorship Produced by Artificial Intelligence
Introduction There is a notorious thought experiment called the Infinite Monkey Theorem: if you give one billion typewriters to one billion monkeys and instruct them all to tap the keys rapidly and randomly, at least one of them with nearly 100% probability will type up the complete works of William Shakespeare at some point before … Continue Reading
Where would we be without the advancements made in the past ten years? Most people use technology as a means to simplify their life; from waking up to the gentle chiming from their Bedtime application (“app”) on their iPhone, listening to the latest NPR news update, using the Waze app to figure out the shortcuts … Continue Reading
As society’s ability to harness technology continues to grow at an exponential rate, many have already foreseen the great potential for benefit or great harm that may be produced as a result. One major area that this dichotomy can be seen is with the continued development of smart cities. Smart cities are “urban areas that widely employ information and communication technologies (ICT), such as different types of sensors collect data in order to manage resources and improve the quality of life in the city.” Several of these technologies include drones, phone trackers, cell-tower-mimicking technologies, facial recognition, and license plate readers that are available to the police as well as private individuals. However, others have been quick to note that these technologies “are the future.” Climate change, population movements, and the need to better process movement of individuals within the city make these technologies necessary for a city to reach its full potential. This requires a balancing of the benefits these technologies may grant a city, with the significant risks of privacy and security violations taking place.
Merits and Drawbacks in Compulsory Licenses of COVID-19 Vaccines: Protecting Public Health or Rewarding Innovation?
The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the acute illness due to severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), was announced as a global pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) in March 2020. Since then, leading pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies have started to race to create coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccines through a variety of platforms and candidates; the academia, the governments, and private companies have been collaborating in unprecedented ways.
One critical question arises concerning such private and public funded development of COVID-19 vaccines: could the U.S. government seek compulsory licenses for government- or private-owned technologies and if it could, should it do so?
Privacy notices are meant to provide a meaningful and clear understanding of a company’s privacy practices so that consumers can make informed choices on sharing their information. However, privacy notices are often loaded with legal jargon, overwhelming to read and found to be meaningless. This article proposes that by investing the time to craft a privacy notice that is clear, easy-to-understand and transparent about a company’s actual privacy practices, companies can build goodwill and trust with customers and help to reduce the risk of regulatory actions.
Much as the rise of the Gutenberg press transformed communication and ushered in vast societal changes, the rise of the Internet continues to transform communication and society today. It is helpful to think of “the media” as having undergone several distinct phases, each bringing about profound changes in the transmission of ideas. Each phase has … Continue Reading
It is no secret that major tech companies are entering the healthcare space by collaborating with
healthcare providers to create new tools for patients, hospitals, and insurers. On November 11, 2019, the
Wall Street Journal first reported on the previously unknown Project Nightingale, a partnership between
tech giant Google and Ascension, the second largest healthcare provider in America.