From CNBC's article "Will AI spark a wave of job losses in banking? This what the experts think". (Emphasis mine)

"There's a lot of liabilities," said panelist Matthew Blume, director for client technology in ASEAN at financial services provider Thomson Reuters. AI systems, he said, could easily be gamed.

What does "liabilities" meaning in this context?

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    Have you checked a dictionary? What did you find that you did not understand?
    – NVZ
    Commented May 23, 2016 at 10:37
  • oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/definition/english/…
    – haile
    Commented May 23, 2016 at 10:43
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    I did but I still couldn't understand it.
    – haile
    Commented May 23, 2016 at 10:44
  • Blume is using it as a sloppy synonym for "risk".
    – TimR
    Commented May 23, 2016 at 13:54
  • Ok, thanks. I was confused by the grammar mistake in that sentence: "there's": singular, but "liabilities": plural.
    – haile
    Commented May 23, 2016 at 14:35

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I believe this is referring to definition 2 in that dictionary link: "things that cause you problems", although that definition needs to be expanded to include potential problems, ie "risks" (this definition of liability is synonymous with (or very close to) the noun form of "risk").

The panelist is referring to the gaming (ie careful exploitation of the system to elicit unwanted behaviours) of AI systems as an example of one of the liabilities, ie risk factors, of using AI.

Other definitions of "liability" include this risk/potential problem aspect, eg http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/liability


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