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Who Is Liable when AI Kills?

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An autonomous vehicle drives on a road using its sensors to understand its surroundings.

The benefits of AI should not be undercut by poorly developed algorithms: 21st-century AI demands a 21st-century liability system.

Credit: Sergii Iaremenko/Science Photo Library/Getty Images

Our current liability system—used to determine responsibility and payment for injuries—is unprepared for artificial intelligence (AI). Liability rules were designed for a time when humans caused most injuries.

With AI, errors may occur without any direct human input. The liability system needs to adjust accordingly. Bad liability policy will not just stifle AI innovation; it will also harm patients and consumers.

From Scientific American
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