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We all agree that AI needs global rules, but who will enforce them?

Regulating artificial intelligence is both too easy and too hard

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An AI-powered robot attempts a shot during men's basketball final match of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games: the problem is that AI systems are not governments that need to be nudged, encouraging the better angels of their nature.   © Icon Sport/Getty Images

Simon Chesterman is dean of the National University of Singapore faculty of law and senior director of AI governance at AI Singapore. His latest book is "We, the Robots? Regulating Artificial Intelligence and the Limits of the Law."

Last week, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization announced that it had concluded the first global agreement on the ethics of artificial intelligence. Its Director-General, Audrey Azoulay, declared that this was a "major answer" to the need for rules to ensure that AI benefits humanity.

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