Killer Robots, Evil Scientists and Other Tales of Woe: How Technophobia in Culture Affects the Law Andrés Guadamuz Gonzále...
Technophobia in culture
Acquiring knowledge is dangerous…
Trying to become like gods…
… will always have nefarious results…
Did I mention it never ends well?
Gods and Monsters
Sci-fi is highly technophobic…
… with some notable exceptions…
Killer robots…
Evil scientists…
Dystopian futures…
Corrupting technologies…
Technophobia: cause or effect?
Descriptive or prescriptive?
Effects of a technophile society <ul><li>Technology is encouraged, rarely questioned. </li></ul><ul><li>The law maximises ...
Effects of a technophobe society <ul><li>Technological creations are questioned and feared.  </li></ul><ul><li>Restriction...
Regulate! Regulate! <ul><li>Oooh! Ahh! Gee-golly! </li></ul><ul><li>Moral panic </li></ul><ul><li>“ Something must be done...
Technophobic pendulum <ul><li>Internet: “where EVIL Predators pick their victims” </li></ul><ul><li>Stem-cell funding (USA...
The I Robot effect (or what has technology ever done for us?)
 
 
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Killer Robots, Evil Scientists and Other Tales of Woe

  1. 1. Killer Robots, Evil Scientists and Other Tales of Woe: How Technophobia in Culture Affects the Law Andrés Guadamuz González AHRC Research Centre for Studies in Intellectual Property and Technology Law
  2. 2. Technophobia in culture
  3. 3. Acquiring knowledge is dangerous…
  4. 4. Trying to become like gods…
  5. 5. … will always have nefarious results…
  6. 6. Did I mention it never ends well?
  7. 7. Gods and Monsters
  8. 8. Sci-fi is highly technophobic…
  9. 9. … with some notable exceptions…
  10. 10. Killer robots…
  11. 11. Evil scientists…
  12. 12. Dystopian futures…
  13. 13. Corrupting technologies…
  14. 14. Technophobia: cause or effect?
  15. 15. Descriptive or prescriptive?
  16. 16. Effects of a technophile society <ul><li>Technology is encouraged, rarely questioned. </li></ul><ul><li>The law maximises the protection of technology to foster its creation (through intellectual property). </li></ul><ul><li>Little restriction towards fields of research. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Effects of a technophobe society <ul><li>Technological creations are questioned and feared. </li></ul><ul><li>Restrictions on funding of certain technologies. </li></ul><ul><li>Possible prohibition of specific technologies. </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of IP protection to questioned technologies. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Regulate! Regulate! <ul><li>Oooh! Ahh! Gee-golly! </li></ul><ul><li>Moral panic </li></ul><ul><li>“ Something must be done about this…” </li></ul><ul><li>“ We cannot regulate this new technology” </li></ul><ul><li>Legislation and case law get it wrong </li></ul><ul><li>Fait accompli </li></ul>
  19. 19. Technophobic pendulum <ul><li>Internet: “where EVIL Predators pick their victims” </li></ul><ul><li>Stem-cell funding (USA) </li></ul><ul><li>GMOs: over-regulated, feared, forbidden </li></ul><ul><li>Ordre publique patent clauses applied more stringently </li></ul><ul><li>Cloning ban </li></ul><ul><li>Grey-goo rhetoric on new technologies </li></ul>
  20. 20. The I Robot effect (or what has technology ever done for us?)
  21. 23. The mechs shall inherit the earth… [email_address]
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