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"Do Androids Dream?": Personhood And Intelligent Artifacts, F. Patrick Hubbard Jan 2011

"Do Androids Dream?": Personhood And Intelligent Artifacts, F. Patrick Hubbard

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This Article proposes a test to be used in answering an important question that has never received detailed jurisprudential analysis: What happens if a human artifact like a large computer system requests that it be treated as a person rather than as property? The Article argues that this entity should be granted a legal right to personhood if it has the following capacities: (1) an ability to interact with its environment and to engage in complex thought and communication; (2) a sense of being a self with a concern for achieving its plan for its life; and (3) the ability ...