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Will the European Parliament pass rules granting AI personhood, among other provisions?

Although no legislation regarding artificial intelligence appears to be on the immediate horizon in the US (see pertinent question), this may not be the case in the EU. Per This Guardian article (among other reports), a proposed European Parliament motion would include a number of provisions including a call to:

  • Create a European agency for robotics and AI,

  • Consider granting highly capable AIs and robots "personhood" status (akin to corporate personhood),

  • Create an advisory code of conduct for AI and robotic engineers,

  • Create a mandatory insurance scheme to cover damages done by autonomous agents.

The text of the proposal can be found here. According to the above Guardian article,

The full house of the European Parliament will vote on the draft proposals in February, which will need to be approved by absolute majority.

Will a resolution substantially resembling this proposed resolution be passed by the European parliament in 2017?

Resolution is positive if a majority vote of the European parliament is taken in favor of this or a very similar proposal in by end of 2017.


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