7. September 2020
An Outline on the Legal Enforceability of «Ethical» AI Principles
As the digital transformation of society keeps moving forward, the law with its regulatory concerns seems to get increasingly left behind. Scientific diagnoses suggest that in the medium to long term, the law as we know it may not be capable of retaining its constitutionally guaranteed prerogative of interpretation regarding the weighting and offsetting of societal and individual interests. A portent of such developments may possibly be seen in the ever-increasing number of so-called «ethical» regulatory programs that have been published by domestic and international state-run and private organisations. A short legal analysis.
Table of contents
- 1. Ethical goals for the development and operation of AI
- 2. Legal status of the declarations
- 2.1. Use of the term «ethical» by various actors
- 2.2. Declaration of bindingness in domestic and inter-state law
- 2.2.1. By private entities
- 2.2.2. By government bodies
- 2.3. Translation of ethical standards into legal obligations
- 2.3.1. Starting point: Congruence of protective functions regarding legal interests
- 2.3.2. Proximity of the metaprinciples to legal norms
- 3. Ethical norms as expressions of (legally accompanied?) self-regulation
- 4. Conclusion and outlook
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