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Do We Need a National Algorithms Safety Board?

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Perfectly safe algorithmic systems are not possible, but safer systems are.

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In the U.S., the National Transportation Safety Board is widely respected for its prompt investigations of plane, train, and boat accidents. Could a National Algorithms Safety Board have a similar impact in increasing safety for algorithmic systems, especially the rapidly proliferating artificial intelligence applications based on unpredictable machine learning? Alternatively, could agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration, Securities and Exchange Commission, or Federal Communications Commission take on the task of increasing safety of algorithmic systems?

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