Duelling perspectives on how AI will affect economic inequality

Two opinion pieces were published this weekend–the second written in response to the first–on the issue of whether and how the rise of AI, robotics, and automation will affect another notable trend in modern society: economic inequality.  Both authors make some intriguing points.  But unfortunately, both also seem to have an unwarranted level of certainty about how AI will affect our economy and society.

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Is AI personhood already possible under U.S. LLC laws? (Part Three)

This is the final installment of a three-part series examining whether legal personhood is already possible under US laws governing limited liability companies (LLCs), which Shawn Bayern suggests provide an active path to personhood for autonomous systems. The first two posts in this series examined the two legal sources (New York’s LLC law and the Revised Uniform LLC Act) that Bayern used to support his contention that it is possible to use LLC laws to create an autonomous AI system with, for all intents and purposes, legal personhood.

The specific mechanism that Bayern proposed is creating an LLC whose operating agreement that effectively places the LLC under the control of an AI system, and then have every member of the LLC withdraw, leaving the system effectively unsupervised.  I concluded from my own review of New York’s law and the laws of six states that have adopted RULLCA in some form that they do not provide a vehicle for creating LLC’s of the type Bayern described.  The purpose of this final post is to examine a few other states’ LLC laws to see if my conclusions for New York and the RULLCA states are generalizable to other state laws.

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