Open Sessions

Driverless Cars, Robotic Surgeons and Tort Liability: The Legal Ramifications of Increased Machine Autonomy


Chris Jenks
Associate Professor of Law and Director of Criminal Justice Clinic, Dedman School of Law

Chris Jenks, a leading authority on emerging technology and accountability from SMU’s Dedman School of Law, will discuss machine autonomy, pending and possible applications, and their corresponding legal implications. During this presentation you will explore:

  • What do we mean when we talk about machine autonomy?
  • How driverless are driverless cars? When will Amazon be flying items to my house?
  • What does increased machine performance of actions involving life and death consequences for humans say about human performance and how we perceive and process risk?
  • What are the legal implications of incidents and accidents involving tasks delegated to machines?