Topeka, Kan. – Washburn Law's Robert J. Dole Center for Law and Government, in partnership with the Washburn Law Journal, is pleased to host the symposium "Artificial Rights?" on Thursday, November 5, 2020 from 9:50 a.m. - 2:45 p.m. CST. It will be broadcast live via Zoom and participants must register to receive a link that grants them access. 

     The symposium will be headquartered in Room 125 of the law school as the Washburn Law Journal students hold the modern version of a public event in the era of COVID-19.

     The event will explore the rights—and wrongs—of artificial intelligence (AI) and the extent to which AI has rights and can infringe rights. While AI continues to expand into every aspect of our lives and of the law, it is not clear what AI actually is and what rights it possesses. Is AI capable of regulating itself? Can it be trusted? And what happens when it commits wrongs? Special focus will be given to the significance of artificial intelligence and the impact of intelligent machines across multiple areas of the law. The symposium will consist of a keynote speaker and two panels.

  • Panel 1: Machine Rights – 10 a.m. CST
  • Keynote: Machine Inventions – 12:30 p.m. CST
  • Panel 2: Machine Wrongs – 1:15 p.m. Central time CST

Follow the Symposium on Twitter at #WLJArtificialRights

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