25 Pages Posted: 29 Aug 2018 Last revised: 5 Oct 2018
Date Written: August 20, 2018
Researchers have been developing a sophisticated humanoid robot that people in the future may want to marry. A human-robot marriage would pose all kinds of challenges for lawmakers—from the question of whether robots could be granted custody of children or access family bank accounts, to the basic question of free will. Any growing relationship between humans and robots, however, may pose challenges to the current understanding of family law. For skeptics of such a future, this remains an interesting thought experiment nonetheless.
Keywords: family law, domestic relations, marriage, robot
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