Keeping AI Legal

Distinguished Authors Amitai Etzioni and Oren Etzioni · 19 Vand. J. Ent. & Tech. 1

Abstract

AI programs make numerous decisions on their own, lack transparency, and may change frequently. Hence, unassisted human agents, such as auditors, accountants, inspectors, and police, cannot ensure that AI-guided instruments will abide by the law. This Article suggests that human agents need the assistance of AI oversight programs that analyze and oversee operational AI programs. This Article asks whether operational AI programs should be programmed to enable human users to override them; without that, such a move would undermine the legal order. This Article also points out that AI operational programs provide high surveillance capacities and, therefore, are essential for protecting individual rights in the cyber age. This Article closes by discussing the argument that AI-guided instruments, like robots, lead to endangering much more than the legal order—that they may turn on their makers, or even destroy humanity.