BARELY LEGAL | A Convention to Police Artificial Intelligence

By TREVOR WHITE From Frankenstein to the Terminator, some of history’s greatest horror stories speak to the fear of engineering something inhuman that evolves beyond our control. Fortunately, our society has laws, and robots must abide by them. Corporations have free speech, and inanimate objects or property can be named as parties to a lawsuit; by comparison, taking a Google Car to court sounds pretty plausible. But modern law is ill-equipped to address the diversity of technologies dabbling in artificial intelligence (A.I). What’s a judge to decide when a robot inflicts injury — accidentally or intentionally — while doing something its owner didn’t request? Some experts believe A.I. will never gain independence, and an operator or manufacturer is always responsible. Others believe superintelligent computers, especially “killer robots” that can self-select…


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