miércoles, 2 de julio de 2014

The great disruption of #InternetOfTheThings is over the legal sector

Our life is establishing a relationship of growing dependence from automatisation. Every day we take more than one decision as a consequence of the information provided as a result of an algorithm. The obvious example is our intimate relationship with google. Google rules our purchases or the routes we take for our appointments, but it is not the only case of a machine-based influence of our life. Algorithms dominate the world and our life.  

But Google maps or Amazon recommendations are just the begining. The Google Self-Driving car (again Google) is the tip of the iceberg of our future.  Internet of the things is enabling a new age of manufacturing, where the all products will be nearly perfect at a lower price. And not only the industry will be transformed by the algorithmical soul of the machines, even government will be driven to a more efficient enforcement of the laws based on the decisions of machines. 

And in the top of each disruption new disruptions will be build up. Returning to the case of the self-driving car, the real disruption will not be for our personal life. The real disruption will be for the community with its application to the public transport. It is not difficult to envisage a more efficient and personalised public transport based on self-driving cars. The taxi drivers worried about the competency of the Uber of the present should be more worried by the Uber of the future. Even the car manufactures should be worried, because the long-term vision is the car as a service rather than the car as a product.

Probably, there will not be nothing impossible to be automated in the future and there will not be any of your dreams (or nigthmares) that will not be possible to make real. Each disruption will have serious implications in every sphere of our life, but perhaps one of the more complex will be the new scenario for legal liability in case of failures. On one hand, we have the question of establish a division of responsibilities between an extremely automatised machine and its owner. For example, in the case of a fine on a self-driving car. On the other hand, as the machines and algorithms will collaborate in a distributed manner, searching the responsible of any failure in a chain/network of collaborators could be a messy issue. 

Regarding the relationship between the legal framework and digital world, some people defends that theres is no need for new laws, that we only need to apply the existence rules in the digital world. I´m afraid this will not be possible to be maintained for a long time. Either the legal experts face its responsibility of a quick evolution of laws or they will be another collective swept by the digital revolution. And that will be a disgrace for all.

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