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COBY SIMLER, Columbia sophomore studying Comp. Sci. and Ethics.

Major: Undecided

College/Employer: Columbia University

Year of Graduation: 2022

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

Hello! My name is Coby Simler and I'm a current sophomore from Palo Alto, California studying Computer Science and Ethics at Columbia University. I am deeply interested in understanding the legal and ethical ramifications of autonomous algorithms and robots—and hopefully we can expand our knowledge together!

This past summer, I worked in an interdisciplinary research lab at Stanford investigating the use of machine learning in the federal government. Furthermore, I wrote a short research paper evaluating algorithmic 'speech' in the context of leading First Amendment theories. Last year, I put on a panel on AI and Law with the Chief Data Scientist of the New York Times and a leading Intellectual Property scholar.

I am excited to cover the fundamentals of this rich topic with you through Splash this year.

Past Classes

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H881: Artificial Intelligence and The First Amendment in Splash Fall 2019 (Oct. 27, 2019)
This course will focus on how contemporary theories of the First Amendment apply to speech created by artificial intelligence algorithms (bots, digital assistants, etc.). Students will explore how AI/Machine Learning-generated speech might interact with the marketplace of ideas theory, autonomy theory, and utility theory of free speech. The course will be based on a reading of two law review articles and discussion.