The current South African legal position on artificial intelligence: what can we learn from the United States and Europe?
Lisinski, Ryszard Paolo
As a general rule, law lags behind technology. The exponential growth that is occurring worldwide in the field of artificial intelligence is testing the current regulatory landscape and raising novel legal and ethical issues that have never been contemplated before. Once these issues have been identified and understood, there is no doubt that the current regulatory regime in South Africa will have to adapt to cater for the new status quo. The United States and the European Union have embraced this technological change and although regulatory progress is slow, the framework has been put in place to understand and meet all of the challenges that come with it. The inroads made thus far serve as an excellent reference point for the South African government to assist it in facilitating a proactive regulatory approach to the AI revolution. With this in mind, a number of research questions will be set out, acting as the backbone of an analysis conducted on the current regulatory regime in South Africa, the United States, and the European Union. Thereafter, the three jurisdictions will be compared, the lessons learned will be extracted and a conclusion reached on the proposed way forward for South Africa.
Research report submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Laws by Coursework and Research Report at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, February 2018
Lisinski, Ryszard Paolo, (2018) The current South African legal position on artificial intelligence: what can we learn from the United States and Europe?, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, https://hdl.handle.net/10539/27163