When do rule changes count-as legal rule changes?

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Institutions regulate societies. Comprising Searle's constitutive counts-as rules, "A counts-as B in context C", an institution ascribes from brute and institutional facts (As), a social reality comprising institutional facts (Bs) conditional on the social reality (contexts Cs). When brute facts change an institution evolves from one social reality to the next. Rule changes are also regulated by rule-modifying counts-as rules ascribing rule change in the past/present/future (e.g. a majority rule change vote counts-as a rule change). Determining rule change legality is difficult, since changing counts-as rules both alters and is conditional on the social reality, and in some cases hypothetical rule-change effects (e.g. not retroactively criminalising people). However, without a rigorous account of rule change ascriptions, AI agents cannot support humans in understanding the laws imposed on them. Moreover, advances in automated governance design for socio-technical systems, are limited by agents' ability to understand how and when to enact institutional changes. Consequently, we answer "when do rule changes count-as legal rule changes?" in a temporal setting with a novel formal framework.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 22nd European Conference on Artificial Intelligence 2016
PublisherIOS Press
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781614996712
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventECAI 2016: 22nd European Conference on Artificial Intelligence 2016 - World Forum, The Hague, Netherlands
Duration: 29 Aug 20162 Sep 2016
Conference number: 22

Publication series

NameFrontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications
ISSN (Print)09226389


ConferenceECAI 2016
Abbreviated titleECAI 2016
CityThe Hague
OtherIncluding Prestigious Applications of Artificial Intelligence, PAIS 2016
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