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IP Osgoode Speaker Series: Ryan Abbott

Date: 3-Feb-2020
Time: 04:30 PM - 05:30 PM
Location: Osgoode Hall Law School, Room 2027
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The Reasonable Robot: Artificial Intelligence and the Law

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 providing customer service, but a business may automate because it saves on taxes. AI may be better at helping companies to innovate, but using AI may keep these companies from obtaining 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 ultimately improve human wellbeing.

Ryan Abbott is Professor of Law and Health Sciences at the School of Law, University of Surrey and Assistant Professor of Medicine at UCLA. A physician and patent attorney, Abbott’s research on law and technology has helped shape the international dialogue on these topics. He has served as an expert for the World Health Organization, World Intellectual Property Organization, the European Commission, and the UK Parliament. Abbott also spearheaded the first patent applications to disclose inventions made autonomously by an AI. In 2019, he was named one of the 50 most influential people in intellectual property by Managing IP magazine.