AI Regulation and Soft Law Considerations Across the Uncanny Valley

Artificial intelligence (AI) refers to the recognition or creation of patterns that simulate human actions or thought. Since the late 1970s, when people began regularly interacting with computers, AI has become increasingly prevalent, and uses of AI technology continue to create greater opportunities for interaction with human norms — those rules that define acceptable behavior. The intersection of those norms and AI processes that seek to replace human actions where efficiency calls for it is also an intersection of expectations and the law ― one that is changing and adapting quickly.

The recent article “AI–human interaction: Soft law considerations and application,” published in the Journal of AI, Robotics & Workplace Automation, discusses these issues. In particular, the article considers several primary concepts:

The history of AI and how its purpose, usability and interaction with humans have evolved in the past 50 years. One potential challenge to AI is the Uncanny Valley, or those instances where robots create a digital presence that is indistinguishable

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