Covington Highlights for the 4th Annual ABA AI and Robotics National Institute

Covington Highlights for the 4th Annual ABA AI & Robotics National Institute

  • Monday, October 10, 2022 - Tuesday, October 11, 2022

The ABA will be holding its 4th Annual AI & Robotics National Institute on October 10th and 11th, 2022, in a virtual venue. Alongside a lineup of other authorities on this cutting edge area of the law, Covington lawyers will speak on a variety of topics designed to equip corporate decision-makers and lawyers with key concepts in AI and robotics. Our lawyers will explore the issues and share their insights from both private practice and government service, and include:

  • Michael Chertoff, Senior Counsel at Covington, former United States Secretary of Homeland Security, and authority on cybersecurity, white collar, and investigations issues, on the panel “Artificial Intelligence as a High-Tech Weapon in information Warfare.” Michael will discuss how deepfakes and more generally AI analytics increasingly are being used to promote disinformation and undermine public trust in government and institutions. He will offer insights on the role that massive collection of individuals’ data plays in such disinformation efforts, which pose an unprecedented threat to businesses. He will end this thought-provoking and stimulating keynote with some possible solutions. This panel takes place on Monday, October 10th, from 2:15-2:45 p.m. ET.
  • Adrian Perry, one of the leaders of Covington’s Metaverse Initiative and Music Industry Co-Chair, with substantial experience in non-fungible tokens (NFTs), metaverse, and broader web3 matters, on the panel “AI Meets the Metaverse: Web3, Blockchain, and NFTs.” Media hype about the metaverse has arrived. At the precipice of implementing the third iteration of world wide web infrastructure, decentralized data based on two recent pivotal technologies of the blockchain and semantic web (linked data) architectures provide an opportunity for greater individual ownership, authorship, and dominion of digital data - unlike the past by which Big Tech companies have been the key gatekeepers of data for AI use. First this panel will discuss the evolution and practical significance of the new architecture for the worldwide web. Second, the panel will discuss the legal implications of a decentralized web architecture, including data governance and standardizations. Lastly, the panel will explore some common use cases relating to ownership of decentralized data and mitigation of legal risk: token-based economics and regulation (finance) and non-fungible tokens (NFTs) as well as data wallets. This session takes place on Monday, October 10th, from 2:45-3:45 p.m. ET.
  • Nigel Howard, one of the leaders of Covington’s Technology Transactions and Outsourcing Group, draws on his data protection and IP transactions experience to provide guidance on the panel, “Drafting and Negotiating Machine Learning Agreements: The Forest and the Trees of Papering Digital D.” Differences between AI and standard software can complicate contracting. Whether a client is developing the next business-process AI, licensing a natural-language system to interact with clients, or purchasing factory robotics with automated features, special contract considerations apply. What data was used to train and test your AI? Who owns the second, third, and fourth generation machine learning systems created by the first generation system? What kind of liability limitations and indemnities will you need for robots operating on their own volition? Can you negotiate away machine bias issues? This panel will cover the nuts and bolts of contracting for AI and robotics products and services, including both the vendor and purchaser perspective. The panel’s practical guidance will include contract implications of developing AI internally and through vendors, how to determine IP ownership, conducting and preparing for vendor due diligence, negotiating risk allocation provisions, and overseeing vendors through assessments, audits, and other management techniques. This panel takes place Tuesday, October 11th, from 12:45-1:45 p.m ET.

Covington’s Artificial Intelligence Group is an enthusiastic supporter of the AI & Robotics National Institute and has enjoyed contributing to the ABA’s AI & Robotics projects over the past few years.

Click here for more information about the ABA AI & Robotics National Institute conference and for registration details. 

To learn more about Covington’s global, cross-disciplinary Artificial Intelligence team and to explore our content, we invite you to visit our Artificial Intelligence resource page and Connected and Autonomous Vehicles Toolkit.

We would be delighted to continue the conversation with you and answer any of your questions. Please feel free to contact the following members of our Artificial Intelligence practice:

Micaela McMurrough            +1 212 841 1242

Adrian Perry  +1 212 841 1052

Jennifer Johnson      +1 202 662 5552

Moritz Hüsch +49 69 768063 453

Nigel Howard             +1 212 841 1020

Michael Chertoff        +1 202 662 5060