Cognitive Automata and the Law

Artificial Intelligence and Law, Vol. 17, pp. 253-290

EUI Working Papers Law No. 2006/35

39 Pages Posted: 20 Feb 2007 Last revised: 24 Dec 2013

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Giovanni Sartor

European University Institute Law Department

Date Written: December 1, 2006

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Sartor, Giovanni, Cognitive Automata and the Law (December 1, 2006). Artificial Intelligence and Law, Vol. 17, pp. 253-290; EUI Working Papers Law No. 2006/35. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=963760

Giovanni Sartor (Contact Author)

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