It is not clear what exactly it means for “machine itself” to be held accountable.
Henry Kim
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I agree that this idea of attribution of accountability to a nonhuman sentient entity is problematic, even nonsensical. I made the statement to provoke discussion because it gets quite philosophical: indeed what does “sentient” mean, “machine”, or even “itself”? Animals that are held accountable may be disposed of: but what does “disposed of” mean for an AI? ? Switch it off? Reduce its data set? Why would it care? What would prevent its creator making a small variation that is then labeled unique? Who then really is held accountable? It’s the creator again who is really being held accountable for it in this case too.

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