Attorney General warns speed of AI progress must not outstrip the law

Paul Gallagher said intelligent systems, recently claimed to be ‘sentient’, could not displace human responsibility

Attorney General Paul Gallagher: AI would ‘reach into’ every business, organisation and household. Picture: Collins

The Attorney General referred to a Google employee’s claim that a chatbot was “sentient” in a speech on artificial intelligence he gave to lawyers last week.

Paul Gallagher said artificial intelligence (AI) had “seismic implications” for laws, but that there was a “collective failure” to understand these profound implications. He said it was essential that humans who designed and operated AI systems were made responsible if the system breached the law.

“Technology should be designed ...