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Kimberly A. Houser on the legal consequences of VR and AI

February 26, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Kimberly A. Houser, a technology attorney and WSU business law professor, will present “Legal Issues with Virtual Reality and Artificial Intelligence” at 4:00 p.m. Mon., Feb. 26, in CUE 202, as part of WSU’s Common Reading Program. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Houser researches and presents on the legal aspects of new technologies and privacy law. She made national headlines in fall of 2017 for her study examining ways that the IRS is breaking privacy laws by mining data from social media and public data pools. In this presentation Houser will talk about how the fast-paced developments in the largely unregulated fields of VR and AI lead to gaps in the law.

Virtual reality is a computerized scenario that gives the feeling of being real, while artificial intelligence simulates human intelligence through machines, primarily computer systems. Among the questions Houser raises are the legal ramifications of replacing human decision-making with machines.

Houser participated at Sci Foo 2018, which is an annual scientific conference organized by Google, Inc., She will also present at South by Southwest Music Festival (SXSW) in Austin, Texas in March on her artificial intelligence and privacy law research. Houser’s publications include the book “Legal Guide to Social Media.” . Verification of attendance available. (Grey Key event)



February 26, 2018
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


CUE 202


WSU Common Reading Program