Richmond Journal of Law and Technology

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LawGPT: The Benefits and Drawbacks of A.I. in Legal Practice

LawGPT: The Benefits and Drawbacks of A.I. in Legal Practice

By Bryan J. F. Plat

Throughout the last several years, A.I. has grown increasingly relevant, quickly gaining the public’s eye as the technology’s capabilities were realized. From art generation software, to writing entire scripts and essays, to a personalized chatbot, and numerous other uses[1], A.I. technology has many applications, even including legal practice. The advent of A.I. is disrupting almost every profession[2], and as that change comes to practicing lawyers, it is certain it will alter the field in new, exciting, and potentially, intimidating ways[3].

Russian nuke in space? What does that mean for the Outer Space Treaty?

Russia reportedly wants to put a nuke in space. What does that mean for the Outer Space Treaty?

President Lyndon B. Johnson looks on as the U.S., the U.K., and the U.S.S.R. sign the Outer Space Treaty, Jan. 27, 1967 (CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)

By: Joe Noser

On February 14, 2024, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Turner (R-OH) made waves when his committee posted a cryptic statement calling on the Biden Administration to declassify all information regarding a “serious national security threat.”[1] The threat, it turns out, is significant: a reported Russian program to put a nuclear weapon into low Earth orbit to give it a menacing antisatellite capability.[2]

Tesla’s Recent Electric Vehicle Environmental Challenges

Tesla’s Recent Electric Vehicle Environmental Challenges

By Moses Hutchison

 

In recent years, Tesla Inc. has been at the forefront of the electric vehicle revolution, championing sustainability and innovation.[1] However, recent legal battles and environmental concerns have cast a shadow over the company’s green image. A recent lawsuit filed by 25 California district attorneys accused Tesla of mishandling hazardous waste, shedding light on the environmental challenges inherent in the production and maintenance of electric vehicles.[2]

Deepfake Porn: It Impacts More People Than Just Taylor Swift

Deepfake Porn: It Impacts More People Than Just Taylor Swift

By: Brenna Harman

 

What is a Deepfake and what is Deepfake Porn?

A deepfake is a fake or doctored image generated by a kind of machine learning known as “deep” learning.[1] The machine is fed algorithms and then learns how to produce an output that resembles the images or examples it learned from.[2] Sometimes harmless, this AI can be used to “age yourself,” face swap with your friend, and more.[3] Despite the fun, deep learning can be used to create images that humans are unable to identify as being fake at all.[4]

Speed Machine

Speed Machine

By: Ashlyn Hilburn

It is now possible to get a speeding ticket in Richmond City school zones without ever getting pulled over by a police officer.[1] This initiative is designed to improve the safety of people who walk, roll, and bike across streets within school zones.[2]

Will Copyright Law Keep Up with the Evolution of Streaming Services?

Will Copyright Law Keep Up with the Evolution of Streaming Services?

By Kaitlyn Dobbins

Listening to music is a universal experience, and with the arrival of streaming services like Spotify it has become ever more prevalent. The ability of artists to profit off of their music rests in the protections and rights afforded through copyright law. These rights are available to those who wrote the lyrics and those who sing, and these rights apply whether the song is used on the radio, in a podcast, in the movies, or on a streaming service.

Taking a deeper look into why the European Union made the USB-C charger the standard across the 27-nation bloc

Taking a deeper look into why the European Union made the USB-C charger the standard across the 27-nation bloc

By Allen Masi

In 2022, an overwhelming majority of the European Parliament passed a reform that will make USB-C connectors the standard charger for most electronic devices across the European Union.[1] Apple, the popular iPhone developer, will be greatly impacted by this sweeping change.[2] After the fall of 2024, mobile phones, e-readers, ear buds, tablets, cameras, and other devices like those made by Apple, Samsung and Huawei will have to be compatible with the single USB-C charger.[3] This new change also applies to all laptops sold after spring 2026.[4] So, why did the European Union decide to make this change?

Use of § 112(a) rejections on antibody patents

Use of § 112(a) rejections on antibody patents

By Katy Pearson

A patent property right gives the patentee the “right to exclude others from making, using, selling, offering for sale, and importing the invention into the country [for a statutory period of time].”[1] The quid pro quo for a private right to exclusion is that the patentee provides “a clear and enabling disclosure” of the invention to the public “for the benefit of society.”[2]

HAIR: The Use of AI in HR

HAIR: The Use of AI in HR

By Jack Sherwood

Although artificial intelligence (AI) is nearly old enough to be a baby boomer[1], it wasn’t until recently that mainstream media and society alike deemed it potentially threatening to the working class as we know it. While most of the concern regarding AI is the potential for replacement of human jobs, such as tax accountants, web developers, and sales managers[2], what are we to think when AI is actually hiring for those jobs?

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