The American Bar Association has just published an important book titled The Law of Artificial Intelligence and Smart Machines, addressing a gap in current legal literature for this essential technology.

Diving deeply into the law affecting autonomous vehicles and self-directed flying machines, as well as the changes AI is bringing to the laws of privacy/data security, intellectual property and labor/employment, this book covers the core legal concerns that you would expect to find. Multiple international chapters and initial definition discussions place artificial intelligence in the context of current business and society. The book addresses how law firms are using the new technology – including manufacturing evidence and challenging governmental use of AI – and how visionary business boards have harnessed its power.

But the expert judges, law professors and practitioners writing these chapters use their expertise in this project by writing about fascinating topics, including chapters by national security expert Judge James Baker on AI’s affect on the International Law of War and on the legality of autonomous killing machines, and Professor Charlotte Tschider’s chapter analyzing law in regard to Cybernetics and Biorobotics. Stephen Wu writes about product liability issues triggered by AI, and Eric Boughman produced an enlightening discussion about the legalities of intelligent eavesdropping.

The final section looks forward to the future of AI and its relationship with the law, including a chapter from this very correspondent on the manner artificially intelligent beings may receive legal rights in our society. I have also edited the volume, chosen the chapter topics and organization, and recruited the authors.  So believe me when I tell you that this book is both an excellent read and a superb desk reference for any technology lawyer.

Here is where you can buy your own copy:  ABA BLS Law of AI Book