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Mind-reading tech used to convict criminals; novel gadgets to collect evidence; the digitization of the legal system—this page covers the trends and news that will guide the future of the law.

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https://worldview.stratfor.com/article/prison-training-ground-terrorists
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For some jihadists, the path from petty criminal to extremist winds through the penitentiary. And in the next few years, many will be returning to society.
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https://futurism.com/universities-space-law
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A team of four universities is working on the comprehensive guide to all existing space law, a field they argue is currently too jumbled to make sense of.
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https://www.vox.com/2019/3/27/18175776/opioid-drug-war-legalization
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One day we’ll look back on the drug war as a catastrophic failure.
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https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2019/03/theranos-how-a-broken-patent-system-sustained-its-decade-long-deception/
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Op-ed: The patent bargain is seriously busted.
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https://www.psychologytoday.com/au/blog/the-new-brain/201901/switching-anger-electrode
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https://www.technologyreview.com/2017/03/06/5361/how-to-upgrade-judges-with-machine-learning/
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When should a criminal defendant be required to await trial in jail rather than at home? Software could significantly improve judges’ ability to make that call—reducing crime or the number of people stuck waiting in jail. In a new study from the National Bureau of Economic Research, economists and computer scientists trained an algorithm to…
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https://sea.pcmag.com/news/29691/california-law-bans-bots-from-pretending-to-be-human
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Effective July 1, it will be illegal for bots interacting with California consumers to pretend they're human if they're trying to sell goods, services, or to 'influence a vote in an election.'
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https://www.wired.com/story/eye-scanning-lie-detector-polygraph-forging-a-dystopian-future/
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHyUYg8X31c&feature=youtu.be
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What shall we do once machines become conscious? Do we need to grant them rights?Check out Wisecrack and their video: https://goo.gl/oaUbAF'The Philosophy o...
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https://theconversation.com/how-surveillance-is-wrecking-journalist-source-confidentiality-43228
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Four decades on, in a digital era of surveillance and data storage, Watergate remains a useful yardstick for assessing the value of source confidentiality.
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https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/10/eff-stupid-patents-are-dragging-down-ai-and-machine-learning/
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"The patent reads like the table of contents of an intro to AI textbook."
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http://copyright.nova.edu/department-of-commerce-on-copyright/
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https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/zmqv7x/ai-system-detects-deception-in-courtroom-videos
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Analyzing facial micro-expressions yields almost 90 percent accuracy in detecting lies.
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https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/07/13/one-striking-chart-shows-why-pharma-companies-are-fighting-legal-marijuana/
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New research shows a dramatic drop in painkiller prescriptions after medical marijuana laws are passed.
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https://www.thespec.com/ts/politics/2020/04/28/no-covid-19-bailouts-for-firms-that-use-tax-havens-prime-minister-justin-trudeau-says.html
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“We will continue to ensure that those who need help will get it, but those who evade or avoid tax will not receive aid,” Trudeau said Tuesday.
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https://www.euroscientist.com/tech-meets-fashion/
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The convergence of tech with fashion brings some fascinating new applications, and greater concern over privacy.
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https://bakersfieldnow.com/news/local/california-lawmakers-pass-bill-to-erase-old-pot-convictions
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https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/08/07/legal-automation-spells-relief-lower-income-americans-hard-times-lawyers/543542001/
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Robots that help contest small fines could signal a move towards 'fewer lawyers' and 'more justice.'
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https://www.govtech.com/biz/New-Radio-Brings-AI-Voice-Assistant-to-Law-Enforcement.html
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Motorola Solutions is touting what it calls the first virtual assistant for law enforcement, available through a new two-way radio that also includes a rugged touchscreen and LTE connectivity.
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https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2019-05-23/the-wealth-detective-who-finds-the-hidden-money-of-the-super-rich
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