Panel Session (Wednesday 17.45-19.30)
When should an AI be granted legal rights and what should these be?
Chair: Dr Ariadne Tampion
Much effort is currently being put into the development of intelligent autonomous machines to act as assistants or companions to human beings. To be autonomous they must have drives (in the psychological sense), which could therefore be thwarted. Recent credible theories of consciousness are paving the way for the construction of machines with a sense of self. Now is not too soon to start considering how the law should treat such machines. The ideas of science fiction authors have the limitation that their primary purpose is story-telling. In bringing together panellists from AI, law and politics, this session should provide a forum in which the issue can be discussed within a real-world context.
Prof. Margaret Boden, Research Professor of Cognitive Science, University of Sussex
Prof. David Feldman, Rouse Ball Professor of English Law, University of Cambridge
Mr David Howarth, Reader in Law, University of Cambridge, and former MP for Cambridge
Dr Signe Redfield, Associate Director, Autonomy and Unmanned Systems, ONR Global