The bot legal code: Developing a legally compliant artificial intelligence

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Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment & Technology Law

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2018

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Edmund Mokhtarian

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The advent of sophisticated artificial intelligence (AI) agents, or bots, raises the question: How do we ensure that these bots act appropriately? Within a decade, AI will be ubiquitous, with billions of active bots influencing nearly every industry and daily activity. Given the extensiveness of AI activity, it will be nearly impossible to explicitly program bots with detailed instructions on permitted and prohibited actions, particularly as they face unpredictable, novel situations. Rather, if risks to humans are to be mitigated, bots must have some overriding moral or legal compass—a set of “AI Laws”—to allow them to adapt to whatever scenarios they face.