The Ironies of Automation Law: Tying Policy Knots with Fair Automation Practices Principles

46 Pages Posted: 14 Jan 2015 Last revised: 22 Apr 2016

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Meg Leta Jones

Georgetown University - Communication, Culture, and Technology

Date Written: January 13, 2015

Abstract

The article provides a broad description of automation that allows many overlapping technologies to be discussed simultaneously and an expansive overview of automation design. The article then makes three novel contributions to an already novel subject area. The first contribution is a reflection on legal approaches to automation in the U.S. – the article identifies an existing and ill-conceived approach to governing automation that focuses on the capabilities of the day’s automation. The second contribution is a legal approach to emerging technologies that recognizes the complex relationship between man and machine – policy knots. Using the policy knot approach, the article includes a preliminary series of Fair Automation Practices Principles based on existing automation design principles, missing guidance, and recently identified issues.

Keywords: robotics, automation, big data, innovation policy, technology policy

Suggested Citation

Jones, Meg, The Ironies of Automation Law: Tying Policy Knots with Fair Automation Practices Principles (January 13, 2015). We Robot 2014; 18 Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment & Technology Law 77 (2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2549285 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2549285

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