The Reasonable Robot: Artificial Intelligence and the Law
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'Ryan Abbott's book cuts across all kinds of fields in an effort to teach us what the future will bring. From self-driving cars to AI doctors to robots that pay taxes, he offers a comprehensive blueprint for how the law needs to change to adapt to a world where it is machines, not people, committing torts and crimes.' Mark A. Lemley, William H. Neukom Professor, Stanford University, California
'Artificial intelligence has evolved from an utopian vision to a fact of life. Thinking through how AI fits into our existing legal norms has become imperative. Ryan Abbott's book elucidates what challenges AI poses in different areas of the law and what legal principles can unleash AI's full potential for human progress. Anyone seeking insight into these questions will find this book both accessible to read and thought-provoking.' Carsten Fink, Chief Economist, World Intellectual Property Organization
'The Reasonable Robot is an important work and a riveting read that provides a fascinating picture of a future that’s already here. It explores profound legal and societal questions that every one of us should care deeply about, and secures Ryan’s place as a leader in the field.' Corey Salsberg, Vice President, Global Head IP Affairs, Novartis
'Professor Abbott’s book offers a captivating analysis of the legal challenges that arise from the breathtaking proliferation of artificial intelligence in numerous areas of life, commercial relations and governmental decision-making. As 'AI' not only informs but increasingly drives and determines administrative procedures as well as policy choices, questions of liability require utmost scrutiny and must be seen in close connection with issues around agency, representation and legitimacy. In trying to understand the legal conundrum posed by robots’ astonishing ascendance, this book is an excellent guide.' Peer Zumbansen, Founding Director, Transnational Law Institute, King’s College London
‘This relatively thin book is densely packed with cross-over concepts of a large number of examples of machine generated inventions and potential legal challenges, taking various fragments of unique and high-level research from Ryan Abbott’s professional life as a licensed physician, patent attorney and US professor of law as well as solicitor advocate in England and Wales.’ Ursula Smartt, European Intellectual Property Review
- Publisher : Cambridge University Press (June 25, 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 300 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1108459021
- ISBN-13 : 978-1108459020
- Item Weight : 8.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.38 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #697,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is perhaps the best-researched book on how Artificial intelligence will impact Law....and how the Law should respond to this inevitable impact AI will have on the LAW.
This book starts out by defining AI as "an algorithm or machine capable of completing tasks that would otherwise require cognition."
Ryan proceeds to showcase how advanced AI really is in order to convince the reader that AI machines are even....well....relevant. I'm a guy who likes to pride myself in reading books from different genres. I believe that as a Christian I am called to imitate the God I serve....and my God isn't just Love but he's all-knowing. So I attempt to know everything I can about the world I live in.
However, I grudgingly have to admit that I have eh...sort of dismissed the importance of understanding AI. I saw it as something of the future and I felt like there were other things that were more important to learn about. However, Ryan showcases how AI currently is, manifesting legal contracts, diagnosing patients, and even creating new inventions.
From here the book goes on to give an interesting historical account of the advancement of AI and what differentiates it from the typical conventional machine. He also breaks down the difference between "Specific AI" (what we currently use) and the currently nonexistent (but scientists are working on it) "General AI" or an AI that can perform any task a human can perform.
After that Ryan brings up questions...and provides answers for questions regarding AI that you and I wouldn't think of.
Should AI pay Taxes?
Is the continued reliance on AI reducing our tax revenue and if so how do we resolve that issue?
If an AI machine hurts someone who is liable? Is it the manufacture, the owner of the machine, or the machine itself? How do we resolve AI-generated torts?
This one here blew my mind....Should AI Inventions be patented? All these questions and more are discussed in this wonderful book.
1. Because of a lack of consistency regarding the layout of the book from chapter to chapter...it was a bit hard to take notes/ figure out what to highlight and stuff.
2. Certain explanatory focused sections of this book were more "wordy" then they needed to be and rather repetitive. I think Ryan wanted to make sure we understood what he was saying (this is a dense read) but certain things were obvious enough and didn't need to be repeated.