September 25, 2020 Feature

Legal and Ethics CheckList for AI Systems

By Lisa R. Lifshitz and Cameron McMaster

Despite the significant benefits that AI systems can offer users and society in general, any organization deploying an AI system must protect core values such as fairness, transparency, and privacy by design. In operation, many AI systems include inherent bias, including discrimination against certain individuals or groups. Unexplainable AI system decisions also raise fundamental questions of accountability, not only with respect to privacy and data protection law but also involving liability in the event of errors and harm to individuals. Given ongoing concerns about the possible malicious use of AI and related risks to privacy and data protection, prior to acquisition of any AI system, prospective purchasers should consider critical guiding principles including accountability, transparency, and intelligibility.

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