John Weaver to Speak at Artificial Intelligence and Robotics National Institute

McLane Middleton attorney John Weaver will be a panelist at the American Bar Association’s upcoming Artificial Intelligence and Robotics National Institute event in October.

John will serve as a panelist for the “How Do You Solve a Problem Like Sophia? The Future of Legal Personhood for Artificial Generally Intelligent or Superintelligent AI Systems” session, which will be held on October 28, 2020.

As part of the discussion, the panel will cover the debate over legal personhood for AI systems, covering both contemporary examples of personhood and the roadmap to future personhood.

John is a member of McLane Middleton’s Corporate Department and Privacy and Data Security Practice Group.  His practices focuses on privacy, information security, and emerging technologies, including artificial intelligence, self-driving vehicles, and drones.

As an emerging technologies lawyer, John advises a wide range of companies – from startups to international corporations – on regulatory and legal issues unique to those technologies, including consumer protection requirements governing artificial intelligence, 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 also 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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