John Weaver to Present on Whether Artificial Intelligence Should Be a Legal Person

McLane Middleton attorney John Weaver will be speaking at a Boston College Law program called “Should Artificial Intelligence Be a Legal Person?” on September 10, 2018.

As part of this discussion, John will discuss how granting limited legal personhood to Artificial Intelligence will impact the law.  He will also touch on issues related to intellectual property, the First Amendment, insurance, contracts, and family law.

The presentation is part of his participation in a documentary series on emerging technology through Channel NewsAsia.  The presentation will be filmed for use in the documentary.  John will also be interviewed, separately, as an industry expert.

John is a member of the firm’s Corporate, Real Estate, and Privacy and Data Security Practice Groups. He has a diverse practice that focuses on land use, real estate, privacy, telecommunications, and emerging technologies, including artificial intelligence, self-driving vehicles, and drones.

As an emerging technologies lawyer, John has advised a wide range of companies – from startups to international corporations – on regulatory and legal issues unique to those technologies, including data privacy concerns, regulations governing drones, state legislation affecting self-driving cars, and the impact of autonomous devices and programs on user and employment agreements.

John is the author of Robots Are People Too, released by Praeger Publishing, which explores legal issues implicated by autonomous technology and artificial intelligence, and a contributing writer at Slate magazine, where his articles focus on similar issues. He is also a member of the board of editors and a columnist for The Journal of Robotics, Artificial Intelligence & Law. John is a sought after speaker on topics related to law and emerging technologies, and has been interviewed by The Atlantic, Consumer Reports, and the Boston Business Journal, among other media outlets.

John can be reached in the firm’s Woburn office at (781) 904-2685 or

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