THE IMPLICATIONS OF MODERN BUSINESS-ENTITY LAW FOR THE REGULATION OF AUTONOMOUS SYSTEMS

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  • Source:
    Leland Stanford Junior University, Stanford Technology Law Review, 2015/10/01, Vol: 19, p93
  • Additional Information
    • Author:
      Shawn Bayern
    • Citation:
      19 Stan. Tech. L. Rev. 93
    • Copyright:
      Copyright (c) 2015 Board of Trustees of the
    • Abstract:
      INTRODUCTION A quiet revolution is taking place in modern American organizational law. New forms of organizational entities, like limited liability companies (LLCs), resemble familiar business organizations, but they differ radically in largely unrecognized ways. This Article highlights one important implication of certain types of business entities under modern law: their ability to serve as legal "containers" for autonomous systems, such as computer programs or robots. Put simply, LLCs and possibly other modern business forms are flexible enough to permit a phenomenon that most commentators have traditionally considered impossible: effective legal status (or "legal personhood") for nonhuman agents without fundamental legal reform. Because of the unrecognized capabilities of modern entities, anything from a dog to a computer program, or from a 12-year old child to a robot, can functionally participate in the legal system--buying and selling property, suing and being sued, and so forth. Part I distinguishes modern organizational entities from the traditional types of business organizations and demonstrates the consequences of the flexibility that modern entities provide. Specifically, it explains several techniques whereby an autonomous system may use modern organizational entities to engage the legal system. Part II presents and contrasts several models for the regulation of autonomous systems, and it considers the role of easily available legal personhood. Part III considers the practical, functional problems, and possibilities of the techniques described in Part I. At the outset, some preliminary discussion will be helpful. For the purposes of this Article, legal ...
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    • Keywords:
      organizational
      possibilities
      distinguishes
      traditionally
      organizations
      specifically
      consequences
      demonstrates
      functionally
      capabilities
    • Accession Number:
      edslexE7306A2C
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    • ABNT:
      BAYERN, S. The Implications of Modern Business-Entity Law for the Regulation of Autonomous Systems. Leland Stanford Junior University, Stanford Technology Law Review, [s. l.], v. 19, p. 93, 2015. Disponível em: . Acesso em: 18 set. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Bayern S. The Implications of Modern Business-Entity Law for the Regulation of Autonomous Systems. Leland Stanford Junior University, Stanford Technology Law Review. 2015;19:93. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edslex&AN=edslexE7306A2C&custid=s8280428. Accessed September 18, 2019.
    • APA:
      Bayern, S. (2015). The Implications of Modern Business-Entity Law for the Regulation of Autonomous Systems. Leland Stanford Junior University, Stanford Technology Law Review, 19, 93. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edslex&AN=edslexE7306A2C&custid=s8280428
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Bayern, Shawn. 2015. “The Implications of Modern Business-Entity Law for the Regulation of Autonomous Systems.” Leland Stanford Junior University, Stanford Technology Law Review 19 (October): 93. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edslex&AN=edslexE7306A2C&custid=s8280428.
    • Harvard:
      Bayern, S. (2015) ‘The Implications of Modern Business-Entity Law for the Regulation of Autonomous Systems’, Leland Stanford Junior University, Stanford Technology Law Review, 19, p. 93. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edslex&AN=edslexE7306A2C&custid=s8280428 (Accessed: 18 September 2019).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Bayern, S 2015, ‘The Implications of Modern Business-Entity Law for the Regulation of Autonomous Systems’, Leland Stanford Junior University, Stanford Technology Law Review, vol. 19, p. 93, viewed 18 September 2019, .
    • MLA:
      Bayern, Shawn. “The Implications of Modern Business-Entity Law for the Regulation of Autonomous Systems.” Leland Stanford Junior University, Stanford Technology Law Review, vol. 19, Oct. 2015, p. 93. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edslex&AN=edslexE7306A2C&custid=s8280428.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Bayern, Shawn. “The Implications of Modern Business-Entity Law for the Regulation of Autonomous Systems.” Leland Stanford Junior University, Stanford Technology Law Review 19 (October 1, 2015): 93. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edslex&AN=edslexE7306A2C&custid=s8280428.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Bayern S. The Implications of Modern Business-Entity Law for the Regulation of Autonomous Systems. Leland Stanford Junior University, Stanford Technology Law Review [Internet]. 2015 Oct 1 [cited 2019 Sep 18];19:93. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edslex&AN=edslexE7306A2C&custid=s8280428