First White House AI workshop focuses on how machines (plus humans) will change government

Experts say human intelligence and artificial intelligence are likely to work together in the decades ahead, and that will pose a challenge for governments and the legal system. (Credit: Christine Daniloff / MIT file) Intelligent machines won’t be ruling the world anytime soon – but what happens when they turn you down for a loan, crash your car or discriminate against you because of your race or gender?On one level, the answer is simple: “It depends,” says Bryant Walker Smith, a law professor at the University of South Carolina who specializes in the issues raised by autonomous vehicles. But that opens the door to a far more complex legal debate. “It seems to me that ‘My Robot Did It’ is not an excuse,” says Oren Etzioni, CEO of the Seattle-based Allen…


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