EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES

Fog & Cloud Computing, Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Molecular Electronics, Quantum Computing, etc.

At Orbrys, we apply our passion for new technologies with our legal experience in order to approach these challenging fields with a creative and open mind, and a fresh look at legal concepts.

Cloud & Fog Computing

Fog computing is a system-level horizontal architecture that distributes resources and services of computing, storage, control and networking anywhere along the continuum from Cloud to Things. In order to enable AI, IoT and 5G scalability, network architecture is evolving to a  multilayered model, where certain applications will run on an network edge device. This requires changes to the contractual approach, including redefinition of SLAs, liability of the different providers, data protection, etc.

Blockchain

Blockchain, or distributed ledger, is a revolutionary technology rapidly changing the field of payment data security and title and identity verification through the use of decentralised cryptography.  The regulatory environment in this area is also evolving. Yet, many of the key challenges in this domain will have to be addressed through robust and sophisticated contracts which address the complexities of the multiplicity of actors in a Blockchain transaction.  Blockchain applications require an innovative combination of contract law, conflict of jurisdiction rules, data protection, intellectual property, data security standards – to name only a few.

Artificial Intelligence, Molecular Electronics, Quantum Computing, Robotics, etc.

Machines can learn to process natural language, to plan or to perceive. This enables intelligent systems to perform an increasing number of tasks, including driving a car, sometimes better than humans. AI has moved to the forefront of policy debate, including at the G20. AI requires a new approach in relation to accountability, liability, security, criminal responsibility, human rights, data protection, etc.

Quantum computers are an emerging technology that will multiply processing capacity exponentially. This will affect all sectors of society. The regulation of this new technology requires a new perspective and creative reflection.  Quantum computers are able to decrypt encrypted information at a remarkable speed, rendering current security practices obsolete.  The ability to decrypt any information available on any interconnected database despite encryption threatens the confidentiality and the privacy of consumer and business data. Regulation and contractual practices will have to be adapted to these technological advancements. The combination of DNA, organic tissue and molecular electronics (using molecules to build electronic components) may give rise to a vast array of hybrid solutions in information processing, healthcare, semiconductor manufacturing, etc. These new discoveries disrupt the current paradigm of Intellectual Property Law, Privacy Law, Human Rights, and many others areas of the Law.