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Robot Rules

Regulating Artificial Intelligence

By (author) Jacob Turner
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: Springer International Publishing AG, Cham, Switzerland
Published: 7th Nov 2018
Dimensions: w 148mm h 210mm d 21mm
Weight: 477g
ISBN-10: 3319962345
ISBN-13: 9783319962344
Barcode No: 9783319962344
This book explains why AI is unique, what legal and ethical problems it could cause, and how we can address them. It argues that AI is unlike any other previous technology, owing to its ability to take decisions independently and unpredictably. This gives rise to three issues: responsibility--who is liable if AI causes harm; rights--the disputed moral and pragmatic grounds for granting AI legal personality; and the ethics surrounding the decision-making of AI. The book suggests that in order to address these questions we need to develop new institutions and regulations on a cross-industry and international level. Incorporating clear explanations of complex topics, Robot Rules will appeal to a multi-disciplinary audience, from those with an interest in law, politics and philosophy, to computer programming, engineering and neuroscience.

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"It's a well-written book that comes across as highly accessible so that an interested reader from any background could understand the topics and follow his arguments, but there is enough depth in there for a specialist in the subject." (Tom Dent-Spargo, The Robotics Law Journal, April 1, 2019)

"Jacob Turner argues convincingly that thanks to its ability to make decisions independently and sometimes unpredictably, AI is unique in the sort of practical and ethical problems it can throw up." (Dominic Lenton, Engineering and Technology Magazine, February 18, 2019)

"Jacob Turner is a persuasive chap. When I opened Robot Rules, I was instinctively hostile to the idea that the fast-developing field of artificial intelligence ... . Nearly 400 pages on, my opinions have changed. ... the author carefully and authoritatively makes the case that AI presents novel problems for which current legal systems are inadequately equipped." (Michael Cross, Law Society Gazette, December 7, 2018)
"This book provides a roadmap for a new set of regulations. It asks not just what the rules should be, but who should shape them and how they can be upheld. ... Robot Rules provides guidance to lawyers, computer scientists, engineers, ethicists, policy-makers, and all those who want to participate in this task." (, November, 2018)