What AI Practitioners Should Know about the Law Part One

Steven J. Frank

Abstract


This is Part 1 of a two-part article. Part 2 covers tort liability and computers as expert witnesses. It will appear in the Summer 1988 issue of AI Magazine. Technological developments that remove ever-increasing numbers of cognitive tasks from human control will alter the assumptions on which current legal rules are based. These rules will have a growing impact on AI researchers and entrepreneurs as their work reaches a growing audience of beneficiaries. In order to accommodate the needs of practitioners and their recipients, courts and lawmakers will be forced to reevaluate principles whose foundations were developed well before the implications of advanced technology could have been predicted. This article attempts to identify areas of law in which the need for accommodation will be greatest and provide some insight into the process and the direction of change.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1609/aimag.v9i1.662

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