According to Fusion's Danielle Hernandez, the Volkswagen scandal won't be the last, and as long as software is involved in a product, companies will continue to use it to break the law.
Let’s imagine a scenario in which artificial intelligence gets really smart. It’s 2025, and a self-driving car needs to get its passenger to an appointment across town, 15 miles away. The speeding limit is 30 mph on the available roads, but the person is running late and needs to get there in 20 minutes not 30 minutes. The car’s Uber-like rating takes into account passenger satisfaction, and the car (and its owner) are rewarded with more rides, the better the rating is. So, it learns a few tricks, like rolling stop signs, not giving pedestrians the right of way, and speeding a bit, but only when it knows human police aren’t patrolling. And, oops, the memory shut down for an update, so, oops, there’s no record of the malfeasance.
“As everyday objects become smarter and more connected, we’ll need to worry about more nuanced evasions of law. We may also eventually worry about emergent behavior that violates the law without the engineer so intending,” said Calo.
How will policy makers, regulators and law enforcement keep up? So far, they haven’t been doing a very good job.
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