Artificial Persons - breakthroughs in artificial intelligence and personhood
Can robots be persons? In this event we will discuss the implications of breakthroughs in artificial intelligence technology by considering the nature of another, older, kind of artificial person – the commercial corporation.
Commercial corporations are persons under the law, but they cannot die, they possess superhuman abilities and can deploy resources and pursue objectives beyond the reach of any natural person. What does it mean, to treat an entity as a person? Does the presence of these artificial persons in our society affect how we relate to ourselves? How can we shape the development of artificial intelligence so that it reflects the interests of human persons?
In this panel discussion, members of the Pufendorf Advanced Study Group on Artificial Persons will discuss these topics with Dr Jonnie Penn, a historian of information technology from Cambridge University.
Dr Jonnie Penn is a historian of information technology, broadcaster, and public speaker. He is an Affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard Law School, a New York Times bestselling author, a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and a Research Fellow at St. Edmunds College at the University of Cambridge. He has held prior fellowships at the MIT Media Lab, Google, and the British National Academy of Writing. He writes and speaks widely about youth empowerment, the future of work, data governance, and sustainable digital technologies.
The panel will include the following researchers at Lund University:
- Blaženka Scheuer, Centre for Theology and Religious Studies
- Erik Persson, Department of Philosophy
- Gabriela-Alina Sauciuc – Department of Cognitive Science
- Jacek Malec – Department of Computer Science
- Valentin Jeutner – Faculty of Law
The panel will be chaired by Eduardo Gill-Pedro, Faculty of Law.
You can also participate in the event on zoom.
Please use this zoom link: https://lu-se.zoom.us/j/68922432592
The event is part of Lund University’s Future Week, 18-24 October 2021, and is organised by the Pufendorf IAS Advanced Study Group Artificial Persons.
Read more about the Advanced Study group on the Pufendorf IAS website
View the whole program (in Swedish) – lu.se/framtidsveckan.