David K.A. Mordecai authored an article published on January 17, 2020 in the Winter edition of the American Bar Association (ABA) SciTech Lawyer entitled Automated Personal Assistants with Multiple Principals: Whose Agent Is It?
The term automated personal assistant (i.e., virtual assistant) commonly refers to mobile software agents that perform tasks or services on behalf of an individual (i.e., the device user or application user) based on a combination of user input, location awareness, and the ability to access information from a variety of online sources (e.g., weather conditions, traffic congestion, news, stock prices, user schedules, retail prices, etc.). This article highlights some open questions and foundational principles relevant to contract and tort liability implications of software agency in this context.
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David Mordecai is President of Risk Economics, Inc. He is an active ABA member, has been a speaker at ABA events and serves as Vice-Chair of the Science & Technology Law Section Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Committee as well as the Nanotechnology Committee.