Not Quite Human: Artificial Intelligence, Animals, and the Regulation of Sentient Property
The advent of artificial intelligence promises to revolutionize nearly every aspect of civil society. AIs will perform complex tasks, occupy jobs traditionally performed by humans, develop groundbreaking inventions, provide familial comfort, and even offer sexual companionship. In part because the versatility of AI makes it suited to perform so many disparate roles, policymakers will need to confront the question of legal status: what are AI in the eyes of the law? Are they mere property? Are they “people” too? Are they something in between?
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