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Thursday, January 6, 2022

Eliot on Legal Volition, Mens Rea, and AI

Dr. Lance B. Eliot (Stanford Center for Legal Informatics) has posted Principles Of Legal Volition And Mens Rea As Applied To AI In The Law on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
There is an undoubtedly murky path concerning AI being held legally responsible for its presumed actions. Some assert that we ought to first consider the cornerstone principle of volition. On top of that grounding, we should also add the legal precept of mens rea. The whole combination then comes into better view and we can more mindfully consider what some say is strictly “unthinkable” about AI in the law.

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