TGIF Funny Fix for April 29, 2016


Courtesy of The Cooper Review

Happy Friday All!

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EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION SAVINGS! Governance of Emerging Technologies Conference, May 24-26, 2016

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GET Posters

CALL FOR POSTERS to be presented at the Fourth Annual ASU Law Center for Law, Science & Innovation Governance of Emerging Technologies Conference May 24-26, 2016 in Tempe, AZ.

All poster presenters will be able to attend the entire conference free of charge, though you are not required to do so.

– Poster Reception: Wednesday, May 25 from 6:00 -7:30 pm – TO BE CONFIRMED  (set up at 5:30, please be at your poster by 5:50).
Tempe Mission Palms Hotel, East Courtyard.
– Posters can be any size (but not massive!).
– We can e-mail an example poster; you may use it as a template or create your own.

Please do not hesitate to contact Lauren Burkhart (Director, Center for Law, Science & Innovation) with any questions, and I encourage you to reach out to your peers who may also be interested; we have space for additional posters to be presented. I also encourage you to visit the conference website to explore the rest of the agenda:


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Worldwide Web Watch

WWWApril 27, 2016

“Good communication trumps snooping” is the message that comes through loud and clear from Kirsten Weir in Parents Shouldn’t Spy on Their Kids.  Technology provides parents with tools to monitor children’s text messages, e-mails, social media sites, location and a host of other things.  However, unless there is a true safety concern (loss of life, limb or virginity), those circling parents are likely doing more harm than good when it comes to their relationship with their adolescent(s).   Privacy is integral to and a necessary part of growing into a well-adjusted individual.  Keeping excessive tabs on kids indicates mistrust which, in turn, becomes difficult to move beyond from.   As adults, most of us are dumb about technology.  Make no mistake, a savvy youngster is going to quickly figure out how to “hack the system” – Net Nanny might as well be taking a long nap.  Furthermore, snoopy parents contribute to feelings of “anxiety, depression and withdrawal” in children, according to Weir’s article.

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Hot Case Files


ASU Law Case File features ASU Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law students and alumni accomplishments.  For LSI-involved current or former students,  send achievements to for consideration.


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Technology Triple Trivia


3 Questions. 3 Hints. 3 Answers.

April 26, 2016

  1. What do I spy with my little eye?


Answer: further to a complaint brought forward by the New Jersey Office of Attorney Ethics, the state’s Supreme Court recently ruled that two defense lawyers accused of spying on a represented plaintiff’s Facebook page can be properly tried for ethical misconduct.  There is no precedent in this area and lawyers on both sides are scratching their heads.  The moral of the story is: know your friends.  Read more here.

2. When is it time to move to the couch?


Answer: when your partner’s mattress tattles on you via SMS.  The infidelity-detecting mattress, with 24 built-in sensors “senses any “suspicious activity” and immediately tells the owner via a smartphone notification when the mattress is in use and how many people are on it.” Read the details here.

3. When is it best to be “average”?


Answer: following in the footsteps of hacked dating site Ashley Madison, data for 1.1 million alleged members of the dating website has been leaked online.  Membership to is an exclusive matter: applicants must submit photographs, which are subsequently rated for 48 hours by existing members.  Getting enough votes results in a membership offer.  Apparently credit card information is one of the few things that was not compromised — and the data affected is pre July 2015.  Read the story here.

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Emerge Like it’s 2040!



What: Emerge 2016: The Future of Sport 2040.

When: 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, April 29.

Where: Wells Fargo Arena, 600 E. Veterans Way on ASU’s Tempe campus.

Admission: The event is FREE and open to all, but registration is requested. RSVP here:


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TGIF Funny Fix for April 22, 2016

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Courtesy of The Onion

CLICK HERE (but only when not looking at Facebook)

Happy Friday All!

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The Open Mind – Wendell Wallach on AI

open mindWendell Wallach

View The Open Mind host Alexander Heffner‘s PBS episode with LSI friend and bioethicist Wendell Wallach from this weekend:

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New LSI Project: Law, Science & the Aging Brain

Law, Science & the Aging Brain

A New Project of ASU’s Neuroscience & Law Program


The Neuroscience & Law Program of ASU’s Center for Law, Science & Innovation (LSI), in collaboration with experts from the Mayo Clinic and other partners, is launching a new program on Law, Science & the Aging Brain.  As society continues to age, with the baby boomers moving into old age while average lifespan continues to increase, the medical, social and legal issues affecting older citizens are becoming increasingly important. For example, memory and intellectual capabilities are vulnerable to both decay and interference through neurologic injury. Recent scientific and medical developments relating to the aging brain create new opportunities to benefit both individuals and society generally.   At the same time, these developments will create new legal, ethical and social issues that will need to be addressed. The goal of this project will be to identify and address these legal, ethical and social issues in ways that advance scientific progress while also protecting individual rights and societal interests.

Initial Topics (may be expanded as project proceeds)

  1. Pre-Symptomatic Screening for Neurodegenerative Diseases – New genetic, neuroimaging and other scientific tools can help predict future onset of clinical diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease before symptoms appear. Such early diagnosis and prediction may help facilitate more effective and targeted prevention and mitigation strategies and assist with life planning and family preparations.  This information could also have important psychological, discriminatory, and legal consequences, raising challenging legal, ethical, and policy issues.


  1. Long-Term Impacts of Traumatic Brain Disease: Traumatic brain injuries incurred earlier in life, including concussions and other brain injuries, can have debilitating effects on the brain that may not manifest until later in life. This latency period has important implications for risk assessment, patient treatment, and legal liability.


  1. Healthy Aging: A growing number of nutritional, behavioral and pharmacological interventions are being advanced as promoting healthier aging and cognitive resilience.  Legal oversight is needed both to identify products with fraudulent or deceptive claims and to ensure valid interventions are able to be brought to market in a timely and cost-effective manner.


The project will be focused around two events.  The first will be an invitation-only expert workshop in November 2016 that will convene leading experts from science, medicine, law, ethics, and public policy to discuss and elaborate on the three substantive topics relating to the aging brain listed above, and to identify areas of consensus as well as open questions (disagreement?)  about the legal, ethical and policy implications of the scientific and medical innovations in these three areas.  One or more academic publications will be produced from this workshop to communicate to the wider community the progress that was made at the workshop as well as the remaining questions to be addressed.  Finally, a large public conference will be held to further communicate and discuss these issues in November 2017, which will be targeted at a multi-disciplinary audience including scientists, health care providers, lawyers, judges, journalists, psychologists, counselors, advocates for the elderly, and students.


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