Law and Ethics of AI

Code 569NN
Credits 9

Learning outcomes

The course will address issues related to artificial intelligence both from a legal and an ethical perspective. The main objective of the course will be to highlight the issues that the development of artificial intelligence raises with regard to the protection of fundamental principles and rights, also to verify how the anthropological changes deriving from the evolution of artificial intelligence can have an important impact on law and ethics. The first part of the course will be aimed at providing students with the basic technical and methodological elements for understanding Artificial Intelligence
and machine learning systems. Also according to the composition of the class, typically populated by students of "non-STEM" extraction, the lessons will focus on the
introductory and easy-to-understand aspects of the topics, also through a series of
simple case studies, using modern learning tools. In the second part of the course we
intend to give, more generally, an understanding of the theoretical-philosophical
approach to the topic of machines and, specifically, to investigate some ethical issues
and dilemmas related to the development of artificial intelligence. The lectures aim to
provide interested students with a critical key to the analysis of the legal regulation of
artificial intelligence, often produced in response to these ethical dilemmas. Particular
attention will be paid to the bioethical implications and to the problems relating to
fundamental rights connected to certain technological uses of artificial intelligence. In
the third part of the course the use of traditional legal categories in relation to Artificial
Intelligence will be studied in depth and the role of law and the figure of the jurist in
the field of new technologies will be critically analyzed.