What are artificial rights

Artificial rights stand for the rights of autonomous, artificial entities that can make autonomous decisions without human input – or will be able to do so. Certain algorithms are already autonomous, and even able to re-write their own code.

We are yet to determine whether this amounts to something like a free will, and whether such algorithms are to have duties and some form artificial rights protection, akin to human rights. An artificial person could be a legal entity that is not human, but that is for certain purposes legally considered a natural person.

Mind this space! This explainer will be expanded. It’s going to be a relevant discussion as this is a piecemeal process. Just look at this news item.


Delivery robots like Amazon’s Scout and FedEx’s Roxo get same rights as pedestrians in some US states.

See also: Supervised vs unsupervised learning. Superintelligence: a promise or a threat?