Everything Is Not Terminator: The AI Genie Bottle

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John F. Weaver
Director, Corporate Department and Chair, Real Estate Practice Group and Chair, Artificial Intelligence Practice
Published: Journal of Robotics, Artificial Intelligence & Law
May 25, 2021

Earlier this year, Amnesty International announced its “Ban the Scan” campaign in New York City. It warns that “[f]acial recognition technology can amplify racially discriminatory policing” and that “Black and minority communities are at risk of being misidenti- fied and falsely arrested—in some instances, facial recognition has been 95% inaccurate.”1 The organization is asking New York residents to contact the New York Police Department and the New York City Council about banning facial recognition technology. Amnesty is also on the steering committee of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots (“CSKR”), another organization working to elimi- nate a particular type of artificial intelligence system (“AIS”): fully autonomous weapons.2 CSKR is a coalition of non-governmental organizations that seek to retain “meaningful human control over targeting and attack decisions by prohibiting development, produc- tion, and use of fully autonomous weapons.”

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