Can you imagine a world without personalised Spotify playlists, curated social media feeds, or recommended cat videos on the sidebars of YouTube? These modern-day conveniences, which were made possible by artificial intelligence (AI), also present a scary proposition – that the machines could end up knowing more about us than we ourselves do.

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Above: SMU Lee Kong Chian Professor of Law (Practice) and founding Director of SMU’s Applied Research Centre for Intellectu

Associate Professor Warren Chik from SMU’s School of Law takes a deeper look into consumers’ trust, organisational security, and government regulation as AI becomes an integral tool for the management and processing of data.

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Autonomous vehicles (AVs) are becoming an increasingly popular mode of transport, and their legislation have to quickly evolve to accommodate this rising movement. As autonomous vehicles become more prevalent, it's important for legislators to keep up with the latest developments in order to create smart policies that will benefit their constituents.

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