Is Corporate Responsibility Relevant to Artificial Intelligence Responsibility?

Georgetown Journal of Law and Public Policy, 17, 829-851, 2019

23 Pages Posted: 5 Mar 2020

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Vikram R. Bhargava

George Washington University

Manuel Velasquez

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: 2019

Abstract

Several theorists have suggested that it is possible to understand and elucidate the moral responsibility of artificial intelligence (AI) agents by using the notion of corporate moral responsibility as a model. We argue that there are differences between corporations and AI agents that make the notion of corporate moral responsibility an inappropriate model for AI agent moral responsibility. We discuss both the moral arguments that purport to show that corporations should or should not be held morally responsible, and the metaphysical arguments that purport to show that a corporation is the kind of entity that can be held morally responsible. We show that these arguments either are wrong or are inapplicable in the context of AI agents.

Keywords: group responsibility; artificial intelligence; corporate responsibility; group agency; moral responsibility

Suggested Citation

Bhargava, Vikram R. and Velasquez, Manuel, Is Corporate Responsibility Relevant to Artificial Intelligence Responsibility? (2019). Georgetown Journal of Law and Public Policy, 17, 829-851, 2019, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3532225

Vikram R. Bhargava (Contact Author)

George Washington University ( email )

DC 20052
United States

Manuel Velasquez

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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