In the not too distant future, you might find yourself doing business with an artificial intelligence: not just venting to a customer service chatbot, but signing contracts and entering into legally binding agreements with a company that has no human at the helm. But would you trust that sort of business to honor its contracts and follow the law?

Legal scholars Daniel Gervais and John Nay explain that giving AIs an understanding of the law, rather than writing special laws to constrain them, will be key to humans doing business with companies operated by AIs. It’s also key to ensuring that these “artificial persons,” as the courts will likely view them, are law-abiding members of society.

Eric Smalley

Science + Technology Editor, The Conversation U.S.

AIs could soon run businesses – it’s an opportunity to ensure these ‘artificial persons’ follow the law

Daniel Gervais, Vanderbilt University; John Nay, Stanford University

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