Dr. Primavera Di Filippi of CERSA / CNRS / Université Paris II (Panthéon-Assas) gave a presentation entitled Ethereum: Freenet or Skynet? 13 April 2014 at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University.
Here is the abstract:
Ethereum is a contract validating and enforcing system based on a distributed public ledger such as the one implemented by the Bitcoin cryptocurrency. The system allows for the management of complex distributed autonomous organizations, which raises questions about legality. Could this new platform promote the establishment of an entirely decentralized society, or will its disruptive potential eventually be absorbed by the established system? In this talk Primavera De Filippi — Berkman fellow and postdoctoral researcher at the CERSA/CNRS/Université Paris II — explores the dangers and opportunities of Ethereum.
Legal-technology-related topics covered by the presentation and the discussion afterwards include smart contracts, smart property, crypto-property, distributed autonomous organizations, modes of legal dispute resolution, ways to enable blockchain-based instruments to interface with legal systems, and similarities between autonomous block-chain based instruments and legal intelligent agents, including robots.