Artificial intelligence will have a transformative impact in the coming years. My work in AI considers the underlying technology as well as the associated questions in relation to business, law, and regulation.

Academic Publications

John Villasenor, “Ten Thousand AI Systems Typing on Keyboards: Generative AI in Patent Applications and Preemptive Prior Art,” Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law (forthcoming 2024).

John Villasenor, “Artificial Intelligence, Trade Secrets, and the Challenge of Transparency,” North Carolina Journal of Law and Technology (forthcoming 2024).

John Villasenor, “Generative Artificial Intelligence and the Practice of Law: Impact, Opportunities, and Risks,” Minnesota Journal of Law, Science, and Technology (forthcoming 2024).

John Villasenor, “Reconceptualizing Conception: Making Room for Artificial Intelligence Inventions,” 39 Santa Clara High Technology Law Journal 197 (2023).

Virginia Foggo and John Villasenor, “Algorithms, Housing Discrimination, and the New Disparate Impact Rule,” 22 Columbia Science and Technology Law Review 1 (2021).

Virginia Foggo, John Villasenor, and Pratyush Garg, “Algorithms and Fairness,” 17 Ohio State Technology Law Journal 123 (2020).

John Villasenor and Virginia Foggo, “Artificial Intelligence, Due Process, and Criminal Sentencing,” 2020 Michigan State Law Review 295 (2020).

Congressional Testimony

John Villasenor, “Artificial Intelligence and Intellectual Property – Part I: Patents, Innovation, and Competition,” Testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, June 7, 2023

Policy Publications through the Brookings Institution

John Villasenor, “How to deal with AI-enabled disinformation,The Brookings Institution, November 23, 2020

John Villasenor, “Soft Law as a Complement to Regulation,The Brookings Institution, July 31, 2020

John Villasenor, “Artificial Intelligence, Geopolitics, and Information Integrity,The Brookings Institution and ISPI, January 2020

John Villasenor, “Products liability law as a way to address AI harms,The Brookings Institution, October 2019

John Villasenor, “Products Liability and Driverless Cars: Issues and Guiding Principles for LegislationThe Brookings Institution, April 2014

Brooder Interest Articles and Commentary

John Villasenor, “How the White House’s AI Executive Order could increase U.S. cyber vulnerabilities,The Brookings Institution, November 22, 2023

John Villasenor, “Does the First Amendment Confer a ‘Right to Compute’? The Future of AI May Depend on It,Scientific American, September 26, 2023

Jeremy Baum and John Villasenor, “How close are we to AI that surpasses human intelligence?,The Brookings Institution, July 18, 2023

Jeremy Baum and John Villasenor, “The politics of AI: ChatGPT and political bias,The Brookings Institution, May 8, 2023

John Villasenor, “The problems with a moratorium on training large AI systems,The Brookings Institution, April 11, 2023

John Villasenor, “Regulating AI: Four key questions to ask,Fortune, via The Conversation, April 3, 2023

John Villasenor, “How AI will revolutionize the practice of law,The Brookings Institution, March 20, 2023

John Villasenor, “AI Inventions: Policy Options and a Path Forward,The Brookings Institution, March 6, 2023

John Villasenor, “How ChatGPT Can Improve Education, not Threaten it,Scientific American, February 10, 2023

John Villasenor, “Patents and AI inventions: Recent court rulings and broader policy questions,The Brookings Institution, August 25, 2022

John Villasenor and Virginia Foggo, “Algorithms and housing discrimination: Rethinking HUD’s new disparate impact rule,The Brookings Institution, March 5, 2021

John Villasenor, “Preparing Today’s Students for an AI Future,The Chronicle of Higher Education, October 13, 2019

John Villasenor and Virginia Foggo, “Algorithms and sentencing: What does due process require?,The Brookings Institution, March 21, 2019

John Villasenor, “ Artificial intelligence, deepfakes, and the uncertain future of truth,The Brookings Institution, February 14, 2019

John Villasenor, “Artificial intelligence and bias: Four key challenges,The Brookings Institution, January 3, 2019

John Villasenor, “Artificial intelligence and the future of geopolitics,The Brookings Institution, November 14, 2018 (see also related Brookings podcast episode here)

John Villasenor, “In Defense of Algorithms,Slate, December 1, 2015

John Villasenor, “Automation Has Already Saved Lives,New York Times, January 20, 2015