The First Amendment Does Not Protect Replicants

Social Media and Democracy (Lee Bollinger & Geoffrey Stone, eds., Oxford 2022), Forthcoming

18 Pages Posted: 16 Sep 2021 Last revised: 30 Sep 2021

Date Written: September 10, 2021

Abstract

As the semantic capability of computer systems increases, the law should resolve clearly whether the First Amendment protects machine speech. This essay argues it should not be read to reach sufficiently sophisticated — "replicant" — speech.

Keywords: Free Speech, AI systems

JEL Classification: K10

Suggested Citation

Lessig, Lawrence, The First Amendment Does Not Protect Replicants (September 10, 2021). Social Media and Democracy (Lee Bollinger & Geoffrey Stone, eds., Oxford 2022), Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3922565 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3922565

Lawrence Lessig (Contact Author)

Harvard Law School ( email )

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Cambridge, MA 02138
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