Should We Regulate A.I.? Can We?

7 Pages Posted: 15 Apr 2019

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Simon Chesterman

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Faculty of Law

Date Written: March 21, 2019


Artificial intelligence is viewed by many as the defining technology of the 21st century. But how can we ensure that its benefits outweigh the potential risks? This think piece takes the one-year anniversary of the first pedestrian death caused by an autonomous vehicle to consider the question of whether and how regulation can mitigate the dangers of AI. It discusses in particular the Model AI Governance Framework adopted in January 2019 by Singapore’s Personal Data Protection Commission, and the possibilities and limitations of its guiding principles of human-centricity and transparency.

Keywords: artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles, regulation, law

Suggested Citation

Chesterman, Simon, Should We Regulate A.I.? Can We? (March 21, 2019). Available at SSRN: or

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