The new era already has many names: the era of perplexity, the era of uncertainty, the era of complexity, and many others. They are all true and incomplete. All of them must compel us to take more seriously the risks that are being generated for the rights of citizens and as a whole for the human condition.
The world of law is accumulating many new obligations to which it will have to respond with ingenuity, talent, agility, and flexibility if it does not want to lose its leading role in an insecure and bewildered society in the face of the profound changes that are generating an authentic new reality. And it will not be an easy task.
- All technological and scientific advances have legal implications. Our establishment cannot turn its back on this reality.
- Citizens as a whole are not aware of how these advances can affect their specific rights and the current structure and structure of society. The right to privacy and privacy – and this is not the only example – is being diluted without any effective reaction. Even more sensitive issues may be in question and at risk.
- The scientific world, with the determined support of the legal world, has to become closer to the citizen and promote a more constant and more committed media disclosure about the effects of its research and discoveries.
- The political world also has a duty to be aware of these new realities and open debate both on the impact on the pension system and on the changes and risks that could be generated in many other fields. They cannot continue to be isolated in a ghetto, always operating in the short term due to electoral pressure.
- In all these tasks and duties, it will be vital to organize multidisciplinary meetings in which scientists and technologists participate to educate and guide us in the new processes and the foreseeable implications. From a fixed and one-dimensional mind, it is impossible to understand such complex problems and therefore seeks the appropriate solutions.
- The legal world is not the only factor or the key factor in this process, but it cannot give up having a special role as a body to which it corresponds to regulate, through the law, citizen coexistence by giving each one his or her own.
- The legal world must prepare itself, not to control or limit scientific and technological advances, –a task that is impossible,– but to know them in-depth and foresee –a task that is not impossible, but extremely difficult– their consequences in terms of basic rights and the legal order as a whole.
Legal journals have been published for a long time on all the aforementioned topics ( Robotic Law Journal, Biology and Law, and others) and there are countless essays and articles on the impact that artificial intelligence can have on the legal activity as a whole and specifically about the dangers that can be generated.