Artificial Intelligence: Some Legal Approaches and Implications

Marshall S. Willick

Abstract


Various groups of ascertainable individuals have been granted the status of "persons" under American law, while that status has been denied to other groups. This article examines various analogies that might be drawn by courts in deciding whether to extend "person" status to intelligent machines, and the limitations that might be placed upon such recognition. As an alternative analysis, this article questions the legal status of various human/machine interfaces, and notes the difficulty in establishing an absolute point beyond which legal recognition will not extend.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1609/aimag.v4i2.392

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