technology increases to the point where humans offload
some memory and processing to "pocket computers" should
the computers hard drives be admissible as evidence
(ie should the req. to be able to confront your
accuser still apply)? Should they be subpoena-able (5th
(RP) Sentience can be defined as the capacity for self-awareness, abstraction, and subjective experiences; alternatively, it can be defined as the capacity to experience pain and suffering. Human level AIs may not be sentient under either definition. Is this erroneous? Does this mean traditional concerns tied to sentience should not apply to AIs, such as the right to own ones' self or the right to certain standards of treatment?
(RP) Is a
human level AI a “peer?” Should the inability of an AI to
empathize or sympathize disqualify them from serving on a
jury? When reasonable people disagree on a contested
issue, this is chalked up to subjective decision making.
AIs come to decisions weighing data unencumbered with
emotional components—if a jury question doesn't have
enough quantifiable data to reach an answer, is an RNG
decision a satisfactory substitute (this essentially what
(RP) Pretend that consciousness is NP-complete. In other words, any algorithm created to approximate consciousness could not create a “thought” in the manner of human thinking in polynomial time. Pretend also that human level AI is sufficient to give AIs the full spectrum of human rights. Without consciousness, any AI decision is necessarily deterministic; does that mean all AI crimes should be strict liability?
(PH) If an AI robot may be held criminally liable, what punishment should it receive for a crime? Is prison sufficient? Should every offense result in shutting the AI program off? Can artificial intelligence be protected under the 8th Amendment?
Should a self-conscious computer facing the prospect of
imminent unplugging have standing to bring a claim of
society impose criminal liability upon robots? If so,
how do you punish an AI robot?
(AC) If an AI entity can be held criminally liable for an offense, can it raise a defense of insanity in relation to a malfunctioning AI algorithm, when its analytical capabilities have become corrupted as a result of that malfunction? May it assert a defense of being under the influence of an intoxicating substance (similar to humans being under the influence of alcohol or drugs) if its operating system is infected by an electronic virus?
(DF) Will virtual reality
create new sorts of intellectual property--in a fictional
universe? If I have a very popular VR game, can you set your new
game in a different part of the same invented world/history as
(DF) What rights can the firm
running an online game like World of Warcraft establish by
contract? In particular
1: Can they control the sale of in game items for real money outside of the game?
Can they disavow liability if something goes wrong with their
server and the character you have spent two years building up
and identifying with no longer exists?
on VR from past years.
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