New Laws of Robotics: Defending Human Expertise in the Age of AI

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5.8 X 8.3 X 1.3 inches | 1.1 pounds

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About the Author

Frank Pasquale is Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School and author of The Black Box Society: The Secret Algorithms That Control Money and Information. His work has appeared in the Atlantic, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Guardian, and other outlets.


We are careening toward a future where machines rule and people are diminished and excluded. In this jewel of a book, Frank Pasquale demonstrates beyond doubt that a machine future is neither inevitable nor desirable, but he does not stop there. Instead, he judiciously constructs the urgently needed alternative, outlining the principles and practices--for technology, public policy, and law--that set us on a new trajectory toward a humane digital future. Citizens and lawmakers, read this book as if our future depends upon it. This is the rare case when it actually does.--Shoshana Zuboff, author of The Age of Surveillance Capitalism
Frank Pasquale is one of the leading voices on the uneven and often unfair consequences of AI in our society. In this insightful new work, he explains how we can protect workers and foster a world free from harmful and discriminatory technologies. Every policymaker should read this book and seek his counsel.--Safiya Noble, author of Algorithms of Oppression
Frank Pasquale provides a much-needed antidote to the 'disrupt first, ask questions later' approach that plagues the tech industry. His message is urgently important: automation can benefit society, but only if we plan ahead and apply human, social intelligence to designing the artificial kind. This is a compelling must-read for anyone interested in the future of automation, and should be compulsory for anyone involved in developing, implementing, or regulating that technology.--Mark Andrejevic, author of Automated Media
Frank Pasquale is not only one of the most prescient legal scholars in the world today, he's one of the most humane. In this much-needed new book, he lays out a simple and wise framework for governing the coming world of AI and robotics--one that will put technology in service to humanity, rather than the other way around.--Rana Foroohar, author of Don't Be Evil
Compelling, insightful, and balanced, New Laws of Robotics reveals the difficult choices we face in a time of increased automation. Underscoring the complex incentives and power imbalances in robotics and AI, Frank Pasquale makes a powerful and urgent case for a more democratic and equitable approach to regulating this space.--Kate Crawford, cofounder of the AI Now Institute at New York University
Thought-provoking...Explores how we can best try to ensure that robots work for us, rather than against us, and proposes a new set of laws to provide a conceptual framework for our thinking on the subject.--Financial Times (10/10/2020)
In Frank Pasquale's bold and humane vision of robotics and artificial intelligence, technology transforms our lives for the better. It works with people and for people, instead of imitating or displacing them. It promotes social cooperation rather than ruthless competition. It improves the professions instead of unraveling them. Drawing on examples from health, finance, education, policing, and social media, Pasquale shows how realizing his new laws of robotics will require us to reimagine our economy, our uses of knowledge, and our ways of life.--Jack M. Balkin, Director, The Information Society Project at Yale Law School
Pasquale's New Laws of Robotics presents a hopeful vision of the AI future, predicated on cooperative relations and inclusive prosperity. Engaging, evocative, and filled with new insights, Pasquale's book is a must read for policymakers.--Marc Rotenberg, Director, Center for AI and Digital Policy