Artificial Intelligence, or AI, has evolved rapidly over the past couple of decades. The uses of AI have extended to different segments of our society, and humans have benefitted from it in various ways. Lawyers and legal researchers have also found ways to harness the power of AI. AI has enabled them to sort through month’s, or even year’s, worth of information in minutes. This is especially helpful when considering how, according to IBM, over 90% of all data was created in the last two years. However, AI in the law goes far beyond its practical uses by lawyers for information gathering and discovery. The rise of AI has presented a number of issues and questions in the legal field, especially involving products liability.
AI and Products Liability
Recently, companies have used AI both in their creation of products, and in the products themselves. A major issue regarding this is who should be held liable in the event the AI product causes an accident or an injury. There is debate on whether the programmer or manufacturer of the AI product should be held liable, as well as which legal standard should apply in cases involving AI. A main reason for this issue is the rapidness that AI has developed over the recent decades. The government and other regulatory bodies have had difficulty keeping up with how quickly AI has evolved. This has left people who develop AI and manufacture products from it unsure on how AI will be regulated in the future. Adding to this issue is how there are a number of different definitions used to describe AI, as well as how it has a wide variety of usages. While companies have benefitted greatly from AI, they also must recognize the risks its use may create for them.