Artificial Agency and Collective Intelligence - Workshop
Machines and algorithms are not the only ‘artificial agents’ or ‘artificial intelligences’ in our world. States, corporations, and markets have long been described as having forms of agency and intelligence. What can we learn from drawing analogies between collective forms of agency and intelligence and other forms of artificial agency and intelligence? What will happen when the two kinds of artificial agency and intelligence combine – when corporate agents are made up of robotic agents, or when collective intelligence is augmented by machine intelligence? Should the newest artificial agents and intelligences have their own moral or legal status, akin to corporate personhood? This workshop brings together political theorists, philosophers, computer scientists, and others to explore collective agency and intelligence, machine agency and intelligence, and the relationship between the two.
9:30-10:45 Philip Pettit (Princeton), Pathologies of Corporate Personhood
11:00-12:00 Avia Pasternak (UCL), Corporate Identity and Liability for Historical Wrongs
12:00-13:00 Christian List (LSE), Group Agency and Artificial Intelligence: Some Analogies
14:15-15:15 Joanna Bryson (Bath), Of, For, and By the People: The Legal Lacuna of Synthetic Persons
15:30-16:30 Toni Erskine (UNSW Canberra), Flesh-and-Blood, Corporate, Robotic? Moral Agents of Restraint and the Problem of Misplaced Responsibility in War