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Bots, Bits and Bodies: Personhood at The End of The Anthropocene

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The Nexus Research Centre at the university of canberra presents

Bots, Bits and Bodies: Personhood at The End of The Anthropocene

By Dr Bruce Arnold and Mr Drew Gough

Australian law recognises corporations – legal fictions that are more undead than vampires but twice as powerful – as legal persons, entities with enforceable rights and responsibilities. Recent litigation in NSW, problematically characterised as a breakthrough in recognition of ‘cyborg rights’, highlights some questions about ‘what is a person’ and why some persons (just like some animals) in the age of Big Data and Smart Systems are more equal than others.

The talk explores personhood for robots, artificial intelligence and self-described cyborgs such as bodyhacker Meow-Ludo Disco Gamma Meow-Meow. It questions assumptions about risk, rights and embodiment. It draws on current publications by the presenters, including a study of contemporary cinema as a lens for interrogating personhood in an environment where a 21st Century Bentham would argue ‘the question is not whether ‘they’ can walk and talk, the question is instead whether they can think autonomously and act responsibly’.

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Bruce Baer Arnold writes about technology and regulation, personhood, privacy and intellectual property. Recent work has appeared in the Journal of Law & Medicine, Medical Journal of Australia and The Round Table.

Drew Gough is an information technology consultant. He writes about networked hedonics, regulation and personhood.

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