Of, For and By the People: The Legal Lacuna of Synthetic Persons

Dr Joanna Bryson explores the impact of AI on our society, governance and legal processes.

IMI Thematic Semester talk

When: Wednesday 18 April 2018, 2.15 - 4pm

Venue: University of Bath, Building 8 West, Room 2.1

Audience: FREE event at the University of Bath, open to all with a ticket 

Computation, unlike mathematics, is a physical process that takes time, energy, and space. Humans have dominated this planet's ecosystem by learning to share and consolidate the outcome of their individual computation in an unprecedented way. Now we have augmented this processing with artificial intelligence (AI) and other information communications technology (ICT). The impact on our society is so spectacular that our institutions are struggling to keep pace, including the social sciences that might otherwise help us understand the promises and risks of our new situation. In this talk I will describe the theoretical biology of increasing communication between intelligent agents, and suggest changes to our individual, collective, political, and economic behaviour that might be consequences of the increasing presence of AI in our lives. I will also make policy recommendations particularly concerning governance of and legal status for ICT, economic redistribution, individual and collective security, and intellectual diversity.

Event date: 
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 09:45