Emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence and quantum computing, are predicted to grow exponentially over the next decade. This growth should lead to a substantial economic impact on various commercial markets, but it will also lead to different types of harms. These may include physical harms, such as a chess robot breaking a child’s finger, or non-physical harms, such as excessive privacy breaches and cyberattacks enabled by quantum computing.
Vol. 25 - Issue 2
Digital networked society needs friction-in-design regulation that targets the digital architectures, supposedly smart (data-driven, algorithmic) systems, and interfaces that shape human interactions, behavior, and will (beliefs, preferences, values, intentions). The relentless push to eliminate friction for the sake of efficiency has hidden social costs that affect basic human capabilities and society. A general course correction is needed.
Misattribution plagues the practice of law in the United States. Seasoned practitioners and legislators alike will often claim full credit for joint work and, in some cases, for the entirety of a junior associate’s writing. The powerful over-credit themselves on legislation, opinions, and other legal works to the detriment of junior staff and associates. The ingrained and expected practice of leveraging junior attorneys as ghostwriters has been criticized in the literature as unethical.
The most pressing debates in antitrust today center on major platforms like Amazon, Google, and Facebook. Platform markets are subject to strong network effects, which tend to create barriers to entry and reinforce market power. Frequently, the only way for a new platform to enter the market successfully is to differentiate itself from the leading incumbent in some way—often by offering exclusive content or features. However, recently some dominant platforms have attempted to prevent this by entering into a novel type of “most favored nation” (MFN) agreement with trading partners.