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Autonomous artificial intelligence and liability: a comment on List

Autonomous artificial intelligence and liability: a comment on List
Autonomous artificial intelligence and liability: a comment on List
Christian List argues that responsibility gaps created by viewing artificial intelligence (AI) as intentional agents are problematic enough that regulators should only permit the use of autonomous AI in high-stakes settings where AI is designed to be moral or a liability transfer agreement will fill any gaps. This work challenges List’s proposed condition. A requirement for ‘moral’ AI is too onerous given technical challenges and other ways to check AI quality. Moreover, transfer agreements only plausibly fill responsibility gaps by applying independently-justified group responsibility attribution norms such that AI raises no unique regulatory norms.
Agency, Artificial Intelligence, Group Agency, Liability, Philosophy of Technology, Regulation, Responsibility, Responsibility Gaps
2210-5433
Da Silva, Michael
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Da Silva, Michael
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Da Silva, Michael (2022) Autonomous artificial intelligence and liability: a comment on List. Philosophy & Technology, 35 (2), [44]. (doi:10.1007/s13347-022-00539-x).

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Christian List argues that responsibility gaps created by viewing artificial intelligence (AI) as intentional agents are problematic enough that regulators should only permit the use of autonomous AI in high-stakes settings where AI is designed to be moral or a liability transfer agreement will fill any gaps. This work challenges List’s proposed condition. A requirement for ‘moral’ AI is too onerous given technical challenges and other ways to check AI quality. Moreover, transfer agreements only plausibly fill responsibility gaps by applying independently-justified group responsibility attribution norms such that AI raises no unique regulatory norms.

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Accepted/In Press date: 18 April 2022
Published date: 28 April 2022
Additional Information: Funding Information: Initial work on this project occurred while the author worked at the University of Ottawa. While there, the author received funding from the Alex Trebek Forum for Dialogue and worked on the Canadian Institutes of Health Research-funded Machine M.D. project (grant #155390). Publisher Copyright: © 2022, The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature B.V. Copyright: Copyright 2022 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.
Keywords: Agency, Artificial Intelligence, Group Agency, Liability, Philosophy of Technology, Regulation, Responsibility, Responsibility Gaps

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Local EPrints ID: 457104
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/457104
ISSN: 2210-5433
PURE UUID: bdaae294-1266-46bf-a0d5-4110e4665597

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Date deposited: 24 May 2022 16:36
Last modified: 26 May 2022 16:30

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