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Robotica: Preserving the Rights of Speech with Machines


ISBN13: 9781108448710
Published: June 2018
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £18.99



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In every era of communications technology - whether print, radio, television, or Internet - some form of government censorship follows to regulate the medium and its messages. Today we are seeing the phenomenon of "machine speech" enhanced by the development of sophisticated artificial intelligence.

Ronald K. L. Collins and David M. Skover argue that the First Amendment must provide defences and justifications for covering and protecting robotic expression. It is irrelevant that a robot is not human and cannot have intentions; what matters is that a human experiences robotic speech as meaningful. This is the constitutional recognition of "intentionless free speech" at the interface of the robot and receiver.

Robotica is the first book to develop the legal arguments for these purposes. Aimed at law and communication scholars, lawyers, and free speech activists, this work explores important new problems and solutions at the interface of law and technology.

Subjects:
Robot Law, Other Jurisdictions , USA
Contents:
The Thesis
Ronald Collins and David Skover: Prologue: Technology & Communication
I. The Progress & Perils of Communication
II. Robots & Their Receivers
III. The New Norm of Utility
Epilogue: From Areopagitica to Robotica. The Commentaries
Ryan Calo: Robotica in Context - An Introduction to the Commentaries
Jane Bambauer: The Age of Sensorship
James Grimmelmann: Speech In, Speech Out
Bruce E. H. Johnson: An Old Libel Lawyer Confronts Robotica's Brave New World
Helen Norton: What's Old Is New Again (and Vice-Versa). Reply
Ronald Collins & David Skover: Robotica Refined.