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Purdue Prof: Future AI Advances Pose Problems for Police, Courts

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Marcus Rogers, head of Purdue Polytechnic Institutes Department of Computer and Information Technology.

Purdue Polytechnic Institute professor Marcus Rogers suggests it is foolhardy to pursue advancements in artificial intelligence without considering their potential criminal implications.

Credit: Purdue University News

Purdue Polytechnic Institute professor Marcus Rogers says artificial intelligence (AI) advancements pursued without consideration of their criminal implications is foolhardy.

"AI can be used by criminals to leapfrog us," he warns. "But what do we do with deviant behavior from the AI when it becomes aware and sentient? There's a price to pay."

Rogers notes AI already is being used to perpetrate crime, but there also is self-mutating and polymorphic malware that can determine when it is inside a virtual machine and shift its appearance compared to when it is actually interacting with a computer.

"Who do you arrest when an AI system breaks the law?" he asks. "How far down the stream is the liability?"

Rogers expects civil law to address these issues sooner than criminal law, noting once a liable party is identified, the prosecution can understand who to charge.

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