When thinking about what it is to be biased, people tend to think of someone living in the backwoods, brooding over how “They took our jobs,” and cherry-picking statistics to self-validate their own prejudices against people of other colors, creeds, and backgrounds. Well, that’s stereotyping and shame on you for doing it.
This paper took a theoretical look at the legal personhood of AI. It was written in collaboration with Ritika Gopal, Associate Counsel at SXSW. You can find her at ritikagopal.com.
Technology is being sophisticated at incredible rates. There are people who have lived through the invention of flight, landing on the moon, iPhones, and DeepMind.[i] Technology has moved on from tools of human advancement to full-on integration with the human body.[ii] The potential for body modifications to surpass the abilities of the natural human state are here.[iii] Likewise, artificial intelligence is advancing at an incredible rate[iv] and is getting closer to modeling the human learning process.[v] There has not been much thought given to whether or how a conglomeration of these advancing technologies would accumulate rights, or if rights can already be conferred under existing legal theories (largely because of the unanticipated rate of development). This memo explores legal theories establishing possible rights of robots.
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