Should autonomous robots have rights and responsibilities under the law?
Thornhill reviews the latest thinking on the legal and ethical implications of AI, especially embodied AI. The article contains a particularly useful summary of thinking on the legal implications. He quotes at length from Ryan Calo, a professor of law at Washington University. The principal legal sticking point is that AI generates unpredictable outcomes; if we could predict the outcome, then we would not need the AI. So, it is harder to trace what they do back to the specific intention of a human. And, so far, we do not sue AIs or robots. The embodiment of AI in intelligent robots only serves to complicate the picture further.
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