A contrived example:
- You connect the fuse of a bomb to a 50/50 randomizer and take it for a walk across some public place.
- You get lucky with the randomizer and the bomb doesn't go off.
Can you still be legally charged? I understand that planning a crime can be illegal, but here you just allowed for the possibility of one to happen.
Does the probability matter? Let's say the chance was not 50/50, but one in a million for it to go off. Do you really intend for something to happen if you make it unlikely to happen?
I know this example is very contrived, but it distills down the moral/legal question that occurs when a person gives a machine the power to make a 'decision', that may be problematic:
Is creating the possibility for an illegal outcome already fundamentally illegal?