Artificial Agents in Corporate Boardrooms

40 Pages Posted: 8 Oct 2020

Date Written: August 20, 2020


Thousands of years ago, Roman businessmen often ran joint businesses through commonly owned, highly intelligent slaves. Roman slaves did not have full legal capacity and were considered property of their co-owners. Now business corporations are looking to delegate decision-making to uber intelligent machines through the use of artificial intelligence in boardrooms. Artificial intelligence in boardrooms could assist, integrate, or even replace human directors. However, the concept of using artificial intelligence in boardrooms is largely unexplored and raises several issues. This Article sheds light on legal and policy challenges concerning artificial agents in boardrooms. The arguments revolve around two fundamental questions: (1) what role can artificial intelligence play in boardrooms? and (2) what ramifications would the deployment of artificial agents in boardrooms entail?

Keywords: Artificial Intelligence, AI, Boardrooms, Directors

JEL Classification: K2

Suggested Citation

Gramitto Ricci, Sergio Alberto, Artificial Agents in Corporate Boardrooms (August 20, 2020). Cornell Law Review, Vol. 105, No. 3, 2020, Available at SSRN:

Sergio Alberto Gramitto Ricci (Contact Author)

NYU School of Law ( email )

4153280756 (Phone)

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