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Legal Scholars, Engineers Fight Against War Robots

Don't worry that robots might kill your job prospects; worry that they might kill you.

This is not a test. It's a real-life situation, and not a scary-movie scenario. Well, it was a movie but that's not important right now.

What's important is that military experts want AI to have an automatic trigger. And of course, they are aiming at lawyers.

While the taxi industry is taking a hit across the country, in San Francisco, one credit union is fighting back, but not against the rideshare industry. San Francisco Federal Credit Union has sued the city's transit authority, the SFMTA, as a result of broken promises regarding taxi medallion sales that the credit union helped finance.

When rideshare services like Uber and Lyft began to take off, taxi drivers in markets across the country saw their pay swiftly decline as they lost market share. In some markets, like San Francisco, where taxi drivers are required to own, lease, or rent a medallion, the cost of a medallion plummeted. And in places like San Francisco, medallions were sold for $250,000 each. Unfortunately for the credit union (and the drivers), many of the drivers who financed medallions could no longer afford the payments.

Self-driving tragedy struck over the weekend in Tempe, Arizona when an Uber self-driving test vehicle struck and killed a pedestrian. Despite having a human driver in the car monitoring the autonomous vehicle, a woman reportedly crossing the street just outside a crosswalk was struck.

While not much more is known to the public at this time, one thing is for certain: Uber is taking this incident seriously. The ride-hailing giant stated that it would immediately stop all testing on public roadways nationwide. Prior to now, there haven't really been any major reports of catastrophes, or even other deaths, caused by self-driving cars.

Is Congress Ready to Allow Cars With No Steering Wheel?

It won't be long before you look at the car next to you and see no driver, but no steering wheel? No gas pedal? And no brakes?!

General Motors already has plans to make that kind of self-driving car. It is the latest thing in driverless design, and it's cause for serious debate.

Current safety rules require cars to have a steering wheel and pedals, but Congress is considering an exception. After all, proponents argue, who needs them when there is no driver?

Net neutrality is one of those things that you don't even realize is necessary ... until it's gone. Unfortunately, Americans may be forced to experience the non-neutral World Wide Web in the very near future, unless we can all collectively #SaveTheInternet.

On April 23, less than 60 days from now, the final nails in the net neutrality coffin will be getting hammered down. But before that date comes, there are several challenges to the law's repeal that still must be overcome, though it may require a movement and more than a hashtag.

Is Legal-Industry Cryptocurrency a Good Idea?

According to reports, an off-shore company called Legaler will create cryptocurrency for the legal industry.

Stevie Ghiassi, chief executive officer of the company, wants to raise up to $35 million for blockchain technology that lawyers can use for transactions with clients and service providers. Legaler also said it will use the technology to help charities with crowdfunding.

Not to quote Chicken Little, but didn't the digital currency market just fall 30 percent? And who in heaven is Legaler?

Can Crowdsourcing Accurately Predict Supreme Court Decisions?

Someday, anybody will be able to be part of the process at the highest court in America.

Oh wait, that's today. At least there is a website that lets anybody join in forecasting decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court.

By the time you read this blog, there will also be a discussion at Stanford about how such crowdsourcing predicts Supreme Court decisions. So are we there yet?

New Legal Tech Group Changing the Legal Landscape

Judith Flournoy, a leader of a new legal tech association, says she thrives in 'a constant state of change.'

As the Association of Legal Technologists holds its inaugural conference this weekend in Arizona, "a constant state of change" seems a fitting attribute for one of its board members. Other members include business and tech leaders who collectively could change the landscape of legal tech.

Actually, that's what they want to do. They are bringing together law firms and tech providers to "think differently" to solve problems in the ever-changing field of legal technology.

It's both the saddest and cutest story ever. After all, it involves an autonomous security robot getting canned by an animal shelter. One of Knightscope's gloriously cone shaped security robots, aptly named K9, has been taken permanently off duty by the San Francisco SPCA.

The SF SPCA got their robot in order to patrol around their building and in their parking lot, allegedly to deter homeless individuals from congregating around the building, and hopefully stem some of crime they've been experiencing. However, after repeated complaints from the homeless individuals that frequent the area, the organization decided to discontinue K9's use.

Forensic Evidence From 'Black Mirror' Is a Work in Progress

If we lived in the Black Mirror world, we could be condemned by our memories.

That's because authorities in the sci-fi drama can see memories just like we can watch a DVD. Press rewind to the time of the crime, and your life is literally on display.

Thank goodness (or too bad, depending on your perspective) that kind of forensic evidence is just for television. Or is it?