Technology

Dead on Arrival: Why Explainable AI is Fundamentally Wrong and Why Investment in Explainable Systems Should be Avoided

By: Ben Suslavich

As Artificial Intelligence systems (“AI”) become increasingly prevalent in today’s world, there have been demands by some for AI algorithms to be “explainable.” Private companies, lawmakers, and the government have all discussed interest in the ability to audit how AI makes decisions. This discussion has centered around the use and implementation of eXplainable AI (“XAI”), which, in theory, would allow a casual user of an AI system to understand the reasoning that formulated an AI decision. Continue reading »

Balmain x Barbie & Beyond: A Look into Barbie’s First Digital Fashion Collaboration

By: Karen Surian

How did one of the world’s most famous French houses begin to collaborate with the most iconic doll in the world? Like any partnership, this relationship grew from authenticity. As a well-known luxury label that provides status and exclusivity to those who wear its products, Balmain offers high design value and a loyal customer base. On the other hand, Barbie, one of Mattel’s most successful toys, has managed to maintain its popularity for over six decades. Continue reading »

The Google Play Store: A Superior Product or Monopoly?

By: Alexus Acree

“App stores” are a type of digital distribution platform for software called applications that allows mobile device users to bridge the gap between basic hardware and a multifaceted “smart” device. They enable mobile device users to download software that is not included with the mobile device when purchased. Many consumers consider these apps to be what give smart devices value. Continue reading »

TikTok: A New Copyright Minefield

By: Noelle Henry

TikTok, a video-sharing platform, has quickly become one of the most popular social media platforms to date. In fact, some statistics have shown that, in 2021, TikTok overtook Google as the year’s most popular domain. However, as the platform becomes more popular, it opens its doors to a multitude of legal challenges with copyright infringement near the top of the list. TikTok’s intellectual property issues arise largely from the music and choreography on the platform, despite their attempts to mitigate copyright infringement. Continue reading »

The Growing Popularity of NFTs: How to Protect Your NFT Personal Property Rights

By: Joshua Durham

With an astounding $17.7 billion in sales in 2021 alone, the non-fungible token (“NFT”) has recently undergone a dramatic rise in prominence in the cryptoverse, similar to the “crypto summer” of 2017-18 or the “DeFi summer” of 2020. Although NFTs have been around since 2014, this asset class has only just experienced its first and quite remarkable outgrowth, thus staking its claim in the broader blockchain industry. Continue reading »

Looking to the Future of Cryptocurrency: Long-Term Tenant or Fad Trend?

 

By: Kathryn Overby

With the emergence of Bitcoin in 2009 and its rapid growth over the last year, supporters and skeptics of cryptocurrency are asking one main question: What is the future of crypto? Continue reading »

Are Humans Ready? Is the Law Equipped to Handle Artificial Intelligence?

By: Ben Suslavich

In 2015, DeepMind, owned by Alphabet, developed Artificial Intelligence (“AI”) AlphaGo to beat the reigning three-time European Champion, Fan Hui, in the board game “Go.” This victory marked a milestone in the development of AI because of the complexity of the game. Continue reading »

Get Your Chip Together: The Role of Patent Protection in the Global Chip Shortage

By: Ryan Mahabir

Have you noticed a shortage of Ford and Toyota vehicles? Have you had trouble finding a new washing machine? Are you wondering if you will ever get your hands on a PlayStation 5? You are likely not alone in having these thoughts. All of the aforementioned products require semiconductor chips for their electrical components to function properly and to “provide a variety of functions ranging from computing to storage and memory.” Continue reading »

Olympics’ Copyright Issue Highlights the IOC’s Outdated IP Licensing Approach

By: Seth Elizondo

As the 2020 Tokyo Olympics concluded for the summer, a new copyright issue came to the forefront of entertainment law. Félix “xQc” Lengyel, one of the most popular content creators on the livestreaming platform Twitch, received a copyright strike under the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”). Continue reading »

Diagnosing the Future of Telemedicine: COVID-19-Motivated Regulation Changes Should be Permanently Adopted

By: Joey Johnson

COVID-19 turned the world on its head. As the world came to a screeching halt, healthcare providers and essential businesses were tasked with maintaining function while protecting patients, employees, and customers amidst a rapidly changing health and technological landscape. Telemedicine quickly emerged as a tool to connect patients and healthcare providers without the risks of in-person interaction. Continue reading »