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artificial intelligence, AI, intelligence augmentation, responsibility, data, data protection, tort, regulation, interplay of tort law and regulation, health law


Law should help direct—and not merely constrain—the development of artificial intelligence (AI). One path to influence is the development of standards of care both supplemented and informed by rigorous regulatory guidance. Such standards are particularly important given the potential for inaccurate and inappropriate data to contaminate machine learning. Firms relying on faulty data can be required to compensate those harmed by that data use—and should be subject to punitive damages when such use is repeated or willful. Regulatory standards for data collection, analysis, use, and stewardship can inform and complement generalist judges. Such regulation will not only provide guidance to industry to help it avoid preventable accidents. It will also assist a judiciary that is increasingly called upon to develop common law in response to legal disputes arising out of the deployment of AI.

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119 Columbia Law Review 1917 (2019)


Administrative Law | Computer Law | Consumer Protection Law | Contracts | Jurisprudence | Law | Torts