A Theory For Defending Libel Suits In An AI World

By Michael Giudicessi and Leita Walker (November 19, 2018, 12:47 PM EST) -- As science fiction writers confronted how life, or death, might look in the hands of artificial intelligence, they perhaps painted no better picture than in "2001: A Space Odyssey"[1] when the HAL 9000 computer defiantly says, "I'm sorry, Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that," and proceeds to cause the death of four crew members.[2]

Today, as technology catches up with science fiction from 50 years ago, lawyers find themselves considering how to prosecute or defend crimes and tort claims arising from conduct, errors, or omissions created, directed, or assisted by computers.

Thus, current legal writings contemplate ways to respond to...

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