Volume 33
Issue 1
Winter '20

The Ethical Midfield in Artificial Intelligence: Practical Reflections for National Security Lawyers

Written By: Matthew Ivey


This Article reflects on the ethical lessons learned in national security law during the eighteen years after September 11, 2001, and then applies those lessons to future challenges national security lawyers may face in providing advice in the field of Artificial Intelligence. Further, this Article seeks to move beyond the theoretical or academic and focus instead on the practical aspects of Artificial Intelligence that national security lawyers should consider when advising clients. First, this Article considers how national security lawyers can keep their clients within ethical boundaries by shaping advice and policy. Second, this Article examines how national security lawyers should weigh issues regarding relationships with industry. Third, this Article warns that failing to pay attention to adversaries could lead to drifting off the ethical midfield.

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