AI, the law and the ‘Digital Rembrandt’

The University of Waikato has launched the Technology in Legal Education for New Zealand (TeLENZ) project to equip future lawyers with the skills to handle the changes technology is creating in legal practice, saying the law is being transformed by technologies such as cyber security and AI.

The move comes as one New Zealand lawyer questions whether anyone can own copyright on a — very good — ‘digital Rembrandt’ created by artificial intelligence.

The Waikato University project is funded by a two-year, $350,000 grant from the New Zealand Law Foundation, in recognition that the legal services space is changing rapidly as a result of technology, “so that the environment graduates emerge into is very different from even five years ago.”

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