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Unmanned aircraft. Autonomous cars. It’s a brave new world, and society must come to grips with the legal, ethical, and cultural implications of widespread commercial and private use of these emerging technologies. This will not be easy. Questions like ‘should a self-driving car kill two jaywalkers or one law abiding citizen?’ do not lend themselves to simple answers.

Inevitably, laws will be passed, regulations will be promulgated, and contentious issues will be litigated, but the business interests operating on the forefront of these technological changes will not be content to simply muddle through the process. For Big Law, the resulting uncertainty presents an opportunity. The businesses and their law departments will need legal and regulatory guidance and representation in order to maximize their economic gains – to ensure they are shaping the debate and not just reacting to it.

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