Cognitive Automata and the Law
EUI Working Papers Law No. 2006/35
39 Pages Posted: 20 Feb 2007 Last revised: 24 Dec 2013
Date Written: December 1, 2006
The legal nature of digital agents is considered, and it is argued that it is possible to attribute to such artificial entities intentional (mental) states that are legally relevant. Consequently we may recognise their legal capacity to act as representative of their users, and the users' power to delegate them the performance of cognitive tasks. The implications in various areas of the law is then discussed.
Keywords: law, artificial intelligence,digital agents
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