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date: 30 June 2022

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This chapter looks at the risks to sentient AIs from their human creators. Sentient AIs would represent, by all reasonable accounts, a new form of autonomous life. If that is so, they would presumptively command status as persons. The chapter then outlines four plausible future scenarios in which sentient AIs come into being, and then poses deep questions for traditional philosophical discourses concerning nonhuman or nonstandard entities. These scenarios should give one pause about the personhood of generalized, potentially autonomous AIs. Indeed, the four scenarios bear on the question of rights for generalized autonomous AIs under existing property, torts, and rights law.

Keywords: sentient AIs, human creators, autonomous life, nonhuman entities, nonstandard entities, personhood, generalized autonomous AIs, property law, torts, rights law

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