Given the importance of emerging technologies to the future, the law must protect, clarify patent eligibility, and recognise the increasing role in use of technology while discharging legal processes/operations. How does/should law change in the face of emerging technologies will be key during our discussions. While this implies the law must adapt, do we need to ask whether legislative or judicial action is needed to enable this? Or will it be a case of simply thinking differently about how the law applies to these emerging areas may be enough of a paradigm shift.
Emerging technologies include: social media, sharing economy, crowdfunding, mobile computing, cloud computing, digital identity, digital authentication, biometrics, critical infrastructure, smart grids, smart meters, the Internet of Things (including smart homes, smart cities, industrial Internet, connected cars, driverless vehicles, smart appliances), Big Data, virtual currencies, blockchain/distributed ledgers, smart contracts, electronic health records, telemedicine, robots, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, 3D printing, wearables, mobile health devices/apps, drones, augmented reality and mobile payments.
The purpose of this seminar is to provide an overview of the legal implications which may be relevant to the ethical aspects of emerging technologies, to explore the existing situation in the area of legal regulation in Kenya and the EU level, and to formulate recommendations for the lawmakers.
Besides the above, young lawyers will also seek to be updated on opportunities available while handling clients or cases that fall under/ within the scopes of emerging technologies, GDPR and the current Data Bills.