Journal of agricultural ethics

, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp 53–58 | Cite as

Legal implications in development and use of Expert Systems in agriculture

  • Willard Downs
  • Kelley Ann Newton


Applications of Artificial Intelligence, particularly Expert Systems, are rapidly increasing. This science promises to give computer-based systems the capability of reasoning and decision making in near “human-like” fashion. Whether used for farm management or “intelligent” machine control, Expert Systems will find many agricultural applications. Much of the development and distribution of such systems will probably take place in the public sector, particularly the Cooperative Extension Service. A major nontechnical factor affecting the development and extensive use of Expert Systems is the legal issue of products, liability, and negligence. The legal issues surrounding Expert Systems have not yet been fully tested and defined by the courts. Developers and users of Expert Systems must consider these factors for each particular application.


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© Taylor & Francis 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Willard Downs
    • 1
  • Kelley Ann Newton
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Agricultural EngineeringOklahoma State UniversityStillwater
  2. 2.Independent ConsultantLos Angeles

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