March 26, 2021 Feature

The Department of Defense AI Ethical Principles: A Guide for Legal Counsel to Autonomous Drone Operators

By Frank Coppersmith

Artificial intelligence (AI) is transforming industries, consumer-business relations, and global security. As organizations grapple with deploying this new, enabling technology, leaders and their legal counsel are faced with difficult decisions about the propriety and legality of combining AI with existing capabilities and business processes. Lawyers are now being asked whether and to what extent AI can be included in products, used to deliver services, or incorporated into a company’s day-to-day operations.1 In reply, lawyers are asking engineers and operators tough questions about their confidence in the proposed AI’s accuracy, risk of unforeseen (and potentially illegal) bias, the nature of the underlying training data, and the potential for harm if the AI behaves in an unexpected way.2

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