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East Asia Law Review

2020 Symposium

AI and Companionship: Prospects and Challenges to Harness the Power behind Algorithms

Friday, February 28, 2020

Time: 8:00am - 1:50pm

Location: Silverman 245, Levy Conference Room

It is undeniable that Artificial Intelligence has taken control of many aspects of our society, from transportation to medicine, and from agriculture to finance. However, it may surprise many how AI has gradually taken a much more intimate role in our lives, to perform as a babysitter, a nurse, or even a prostitute. As we increasingly rely on them as companions, the fine line between AI and personhood begins to fade. While AI’s contribution is significant, much of its capacity is untapped and it challenges policy-makers on how to harness the opportunities, while vigorously confronting issues such as ethical dilemmas and missteps that could exacerbate social problems in Asia, the United States, and around the world. This symposium aims to shed light on how AI has redefined our notion of relationship and intimacy, and correspondingly, to explore the flexible law-making approaches mandated by the far-reaching nature of AI applications, with a special focus on Asia.



8:00 – 9:00AM: Registration and Breakfast

9:00 – 9:10AM: Opening Remarks

9:10 – 10:40 AM: Panel I: An Overview of AI, Robotics, and the Law

(Moderator) Michael Graif, Partner, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.; Lecturer of Law, Penn Law

Daniel W. Linna Jr., Senior Lecturer, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law; Director of Law and Technology Initiatives,McCormick School of Engineering

Frank Pasquale, Piper & Marbury Professor of Law, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

Salil Mehra, Charles Klein Professor of Law and Government; Director of the LL.M. in Asian Law, Temple University Beasley School of Law

10:40 – 10:55AM: Break

10:55AM – 12:25PM: Panel II: Legal, Social, and Ethical Issues Arising from Human Interactions with AI

(Moderator) Michael Graif, Partner at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.; Lecturer of Law at Penn Law

Jeff Ward, Director, Duke Center on Law & Tech; Associate Dean for Technology & Innovation at Duke University School of Law

Tae Wan Kim, Associate Professor of Business Ethics, Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School of Business

Hironori Matsuzaki, Research Associate, Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg

12:25 – 12:40PM: Lunch Pick-Up

12:40 – 1:40PM: Lunch Keynote Address

Anupam Chander, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center

1:40 – 1:50PM: Closing Remarks


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This program has been approved for 4.0 substantive CLE credits for Pennsylvania lawyers. CLE credit may be available in other jurisdictions as well. Attendees seeking CLE credit should bring separate payment in the amount of $160.00 ($80.00 public interest/non-profit attorneys) cash or check made payable to The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania.

ALR 2020 Symposium Poster


For inquiries, please contact:

Christina Gee, Managing Editor,