Cherry Wu
BA Political Science
BLUE Fellow
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Fall
2020
Proposing legal governance frameworks for AI
BLUE Fellow
Fall
2020

Background

I am a recent graduate from McGill University with a background in political science and social entrepreneurship. My interest lies at the intersection of innovation, law, and ethics. I'm curious how we could build a governance structure that is responsive to the pace of innovation. In particular, the rapidly developing field of artificial intelligence (AI) has been the focal point for my research. The "black box" problem of AI means that we do not currently understand fully why algorithms make decisions the way they do. This gap in understanding poses a range of interesting questions for our current legal conventions. For example, how could AI-human interactions impact human autonomy, which is a major assumption in criminal law? Further, how could algorithms, which have the power to make inferences, redefine what we know as privacy and ownership? By beginning an inquiry into the fundamental assumptions of our legal conventions, I seek to discover novel approaches to governing AI. Instead of focusing on the malign usage of AI, I find these questions particular relevant because of AI's ability to extend our possibilities. The fear of not understanding innovation may become roadblocks to innovation. Therefore, at BLUE, I hope that the work I am doing is laying down the stepping stones that may lead to new perspectives on AI and its impact on human society.

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