Brian Tororei, our Technology Media and Telecommunications lead partner, participated in a panel discussion on Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and the Law at Mettā Nairobi on 20 March 2018.
The discussion covered the basic definition of and distinction between Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML), reviewing their unique elements. It also focused on the ethical and legal issues around the deployment of artificial intelligence.
The Uber driverless car accident that occurred in Arizona US, also featured in the discussion on ethical questions touching on autonomous vehicles and whom to attach liability on in the event of an accident.
Read on the accident here.
The audience was also concerned about the claims that AI is taking over jobs. The panellists were of the opinion that while such trends were becoming a reality within the developed states and countries, it might be a while before Kenyans have a firsthand experience on the negative effects of AI in the job market.
It was also noted that jobs are likely to be created as people will be forced to engage their creativity and that there was no need to worry, especially with technical and specialised jobs that need people skills such as being empathic among others.
Appreciating that AI and ML rely heavily on the availability of data sets for the learning and training of machines, Tororei lamented on the fact that there is presently no specialised legal regime for Data Protection and Privacy in Kenya.
Brian noted that for AI and ML to be a reality in Kenya, we would need robust infrastructure including the establishment of data centres, deployment of broadband to increase internet penetration and the availability of reliable and sufficient electricity, among others, and a robust legal regime governing data protection and privacy, which would guide, inter alia, the collection, collation, analysis, storage and sharing of data.
Brian is keen on seeing the deployment of AI and ML in the delivery of legal services in Kenya and is benchmarking with international law firms. He looks forward to the time when AI and ML will become a reality and hopes to hold a conversation with a computer with natural language processing ability and computer vision among others.
On the regulation of AI and ML, the general mood of the panellists and the audience was that regulation was a Must have. While agreeing with the general mood, Tororei was keen to point out that beneficial regulation would be one from an informed point of view rather than a lazy and dismissive approach such as the one regarding Bitcoin and relate cryptocurrencies.
Brian hopes that the legislators and practising advocates would develop interest in cutting edge technologies such AI, ML and Blockchain Technology, among others, and dive into the technical aspects so as to properly inform their regulation with a forward looking approach rather than a knee-jerk reaction. That, Now
is the time to develop the interest and act on it.
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