AI Might Actually Enforce All Our Stupid Laws, Expert Warns

With artificial intelligence having already changed the way we work — or at least the way bosses think work should be done — for the worse, one computer scientist is warning that it could get much, much worse if robots begin being used to enforce the law in all its stupidity. “If you’re not worried about the utter extinction of humanity,” AI researcher Eliezer Yudowksy wrote in a tweet, “consider this scarier prospect: An AI reads the entire legal code — which no human can know or obey — and threatens to enforce it, via police reports and lawsuits, against anyone who doesn’t comply with its orders.” To be fair, Yudowsky is often accused of being an “AI doomer,” a meme-laden term for the type of oft-deserved expert alarmism one sees regularly in climate research but also, increasingly, in the AI space as well. Then again, his point is salient not only because AI lawyers and algorithmic law enforcement tools have long been a thing — just recall the gross consequences of policing via facial recognition, for instance — but also because it makes a lot more sense than some of the other applications the tech’s being used for. Whereas having AI write articles or create art is almost always going to fail the smell test because creativity is subjective and distinctly human, laws have far less heart and are purposefully strict as a means of governing humanity’s purportedly ungovernable nature (or so law lovers have been saying since time…AI Might Actually Enforce All Our Stupid Laws, Expert Warns

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