Legal liability rules need to be expanded to account for artificial intelligence, says expert

The growth of artificial intelligence (AI) will require changes to be made to rules on liability, an expert has said.11 Mar 2016 Hong Kong-based technology law specialist Francois Tung of Pinsent Masons, the law firm behind Out-Law.com, said AI has the potential to expand the global economy. However, he said it is currently unclear as to who would be held ultimately responsible for wrong decisions taken by a computer if that machine can think on its own. Tung said the law should recognise manufacturers or users of self-learning machines as ultimately responsible for what those machines do. “We need to distinguish moral responsibility and legal responsibility,” Tung said. “Legal rules on liability have to be expanded to take into account AI. While it may be a matter of philosophical debate…


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