The Extension of Legal Personhood in Artificial Intelligence

The Extension of Legal Personhood in Artificial Intelligence

The purpose of this paper is to illuminate the main ethical, legal and social implications (ELSIs) concerning social humanoid robots that have their base in artificial intelligence (AI). The main dilemma highlighted touches upon the expansion of the concept of legal personhood, and the attribution o...

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Journal Title: Revista de bioética y derecho
Author: Pin Lean Lau
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Language: English
Get full text: http://revistes.ub.edu/index.php/RBD/article/view/27064
Resource type: Journal Article
Source: Revista de bioética y derecho; No 46 (Year 2019).
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1344/rbd2019.0.27064
Publisher: Universitat de Barcelona
Usage rights: Reconocimiento - NoComercial - SinObraDerivada (by-nc-nd)
Categories: Multidisciplinary --> Multidisciplinary Sciences
Social Sciences/Humanities --> Law
Health Sciences, Social Sciences/Humanities --> Social Sciences, Biomedical
Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to illuminate the main ethical, legal and social implications (ELSIs) concerning social humanoid robots that have their base in artificial intelligence (AI). The main dilemma highlighted touches upon the expansion of the concept of legal personhood, and the attribution of appropriate legal responses to govern the future proliferation of AI systems vis-à-vis social humanoid robots. The paper cautions on the need to carefully reflect on notions of personhood and human dignity for AI systems, balanced against the underlying representation of values and behaviors that may threaten to erode the human rights discourse. Additionally, it questions the wisdom of the broad expanse of the European legal response to the development and use of AI systems.