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The Reasonable Robot: Artificial Intelligence and the Law

ISBN13: 9781108459020
To be Published: June 2020
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £22.99

Today, AI and people do not compete on a level playing field. From a safety perspective, AI may be the best choice for driving a vehicle, but laws often prohibit driverless vehicles. At the same time, a person may be better at packing boxes at a warehouse, but a business may automate because AI receives preferential tax treatment. Or, AI may be better at helping businesses to innovate, but these same businesses may not want to use AI if doing so restricts future intellectual property rights.

In The Reasonable Robot, Ryan Abbott argues that the law should not discriminate between people and AI when they are performing the same tasks, a legal standard that will help to eliminate market distortions and to ensure that decisions are made on the basis of efficiency.

This work should be read by anyone interested in the rapidly evolving relationship between AI and the law.

  • Argues for a new principle of AI regulation
  • Offers a resource for those involved in AI policymaking by considering the impact of laws on AI development
  • Contributes to broader arguments on law and technology while providing a deep dive into the challenges associated with autonomous machines

IT and Internet Law
Introduction: Artificial intelligence and the law
1. Understanding artificial intelligence
2. Should artificial intelligence pay taxes?
3. The reasonable robot
4. The artificial inventor
5. Changing intellectual property standards
6. Punishing artificial intelligence
7. Alternative perspectives on artificial intelligence and AI legal neutrality
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