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Ethical studies of AI ‘lacking’

More research into the legal and ethical implications of ongoing progress in artificial intelligence is urgently needed, academics and officials have said.

Issues that have yet to be fully explored include how AI systems should behave, what the consequences of autonomous AI actions might be, and who should be held accountable for those consequences, a conference in Brussels heard on 15 November. 

Raja Chatila, director of the Institute of Intelligent Systems and Robotics at the University Pierre and Marie Curie in Paris, France, and Kay Firth-Butterfield, co-founder of the Consortium on Law and Ethics of AI and Robotics at the University of Texas, USA, both said at the IEEE conference on AI that research is needed to better understand these implications.

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