Driving new laws

The law needs to catch up with the ramifications of artificial intelligence Sir, David Pannick QC makes some important points on the potential for artificial intelligence in law but doesn’t go far enough (“A masterclass on why lawyers will not be replaced by computers”, Oct 29). The ramifications of the rapid development of artificial intelligence go far beyond analysing data and questions around whether a computer will ever be able to provide advice, advocacy and judgment. Google estimates that in fewer than five years there will be driverless cars on the streets of our main cities. Will the cars be programmed to solve philosopher Philippa Foot’s “trolley problem” in which an out-of-control

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