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A framework for exploring intelligent artificial personhood.
  The paper presents a framework for examining the human use of, and the activities of, artificial persons. This paper applies Hobbesian methodology to ascribe artificial personhood to business organisations, professional persons and algorithmic artificial intelligence services. A modification is made to Heidegger’s ontological framework so that it can accommodate these artificial persons in a space between tools and human beings. The extended framework makes it possible not only to explore human uses of tools, but also to pose questions on the relationships, obligations and operations that transfer between humans and artificial persons.

  • Date:

    15 September 2018

  • Publication Status:


  • Library of Congress:

    QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    006.3 Artificial intelligence

  • Funders:

    Edinburgh Napier Funded


Kane, T. (2018). A framework for exploring intelligent artificial personhood. In V. C. Müller (Ed.), Philosophy and theory of artificial intelligence 2017, 255-258. Springer Verlag



Artificial Persons, Intelligent Artificial Personhood, Relationships,

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