Books  |    |  June 25, 2020

The Reasonable Robot: Artificial Intelligence and the Law

Book by Ryan Abbott.
Published by Cambridge University Press.
300 pages.

AI and people do not compete on a level-playing field. Self-driving vehicles may be safer than human drivers, but laws often penalize such technology. People may provide superior customer service, but businesses are automating to reduce their taxes. AI may innovate more effectively, but an antiquated legal framework constrains inventive AI. In The Reasonable Robot, Ryan Abbott argues that the law should not discriminate between AI and human behavior and proposes a new legal principle that will ultimately improve human well-being. This work should be read by anyone interested in the rapidly evolving relationship between AI and the law.

  • Argues for a new principle of artificial intelligence (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

Table of Contents

  • Understanding artificial intelligence
  • Should artificial intelligence pay taxes?
  • The reasonable robot
  • The artificial inventor
  • Changing intellectual property standards
  • Punishing artificial intelligence
  • Alternative perspectives on artificial intelligence and AI legal neutrality

About the Author

Ryan Abbott, MD, JD, MTOM, PhD is Professor of Law and Health Sciences at the University of Surrey School of Law and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.