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Can AI Learn to Obey the Law?

Whether human laws can be imposed as a design constraint on AI models is a question for the engineers. But if it can be done, it would help to settle many otherwise intractable debates about how the technology should be used and regulated in a world of competing values.

CAMBRIDGE – If the British computer scientist Alan Turing’s work on “thinking machines” was the prequel to what we now call artificial intelligence, the late psychologist Daniel Kahneman’s bestselling Thinking, Fast and Slow might be the sequel, given its insights into how we ourselves think. Understanding “us” will be crucial for regulating “them.”