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The Road to Automated & Connected Cars Is Not a Straight One

It seems that everyone is doing studies or adopting positions on automated/connected cars these days. That is understandable given the potential ramifications on subjects including safety, ability to function in adverse weather, infrastructure, traffic, public transit, cybersecurity, data volumes, privacy, liability, insurance, ethics, and jobs. Level 5 (fully autonomous) self driving cars may not arrive for many years. Depending on who you ask, they are somewhere between a couple of years and a couple of decades away. Level 2 (cars with some driver assist tech like automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control) cars are common today. Transport Canada has details about current driver assist technology and recently released a report called Canada’s Safety Framework for Automated and Connected Vehicles. The Canadian Senate issued a report on the topic a year ago. A group of Canadian Transport Ministers recently released a report called Automated and Connected….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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A Tale About Rehiring a Sexual Harasser: Who Wins and Loses?

Today’s “#metoo” climate and questions about when someone who has been accused of sexual misconduct, although not convicted of it, should be allowed back into the public sphere (to direct films, do comedy routines, assume an executive role in business or whatever) has been much in the media recently. Although not explicitly, a recent decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal tells us that even if the impact of someone’s return might have significant impact on a victim’s working — and broader — life, return may occur. The final result in Colistro v. Tbaytel 2019 ONCA 197 is not unlike those situations when the harasser remained in the workplace and the woman harassed was moved elsewhere or left the workplace, albeit with a partial legal victory. The Court of Appeal’s decision in Colistro begins as follows: This appeal considers the consequences that flow from a company’s decision to place its business interests above the….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Hemp, Cannabidiols and the FDA

The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 became Public Law 115-334 on 12/20/18.  Title XII Section 12619 of this act removed hemp and “tetrahydrocannabinols in hemp” from the Controlled Substances Act (CSA).  [Tetrahydrocannabinols (THC) are a cannabinoid subclass, as are Cannabidiols (CBD).]  Also on 12/20/18, Scott Gottlieb, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner, issued a Statement on the agency’s regulation of products containing cannabis and cannabis-derived compounds.  The 12/20/18 Statement acknowledges hemp’s removal from the CSA, but goes on to state “Congress explicitly preserved the agency’s current authority to regulate products containing cannabis or cannabis-derived compounds….  We’ll take enforcement action needed to protect public health against companies illegally selling cannabis and cannabis-derived products….  The FDA will continue to take steps to make the….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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This Site Detects Whether Text Was Written by a Bot

Futurism – Reassuringly, Futurism articles registered as being written by humans. “Last month, developers from OpenAI announced that they had built a text generating algorithm called GPT-2 that they said was too dangerous to release into the world, since it could be used to pollute the web with endless bot-written material. But now, a team of scientists from the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab and Harvard University built an algorithm called GLTR that determines how likely it is that any particular passage of text was written by a tool like GPT-2 — an intriguing escalation in the battle against spam. When OpenAI unveiled GPT-2, they showed how it could be used to write fictitious-yet-convincing news articles by sharing one that the algorithm had written about scientists who discovered unicorns. GLTR uses the exact same models to read the final output and predict whether it was written by a human or GPT-2. Just like GPT-2 writes sentences by predicting….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Sources of the History of the American Law of Lawyering

Sources of the History of the American Law of Lawyering Edited by Michael H. Hoeflich List Price: $49.95 Paperback: 668 pages Publisher: The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. (January 1, 2008) ISBN-10: 158477861X ISBN-13: 978-1584778615 Description: The professional behavior of lawyers was….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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