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Killer Robots, Evil Scientists and Other Tales of Woe

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How Technophobia in Culture Affects the Law

How Technophobia in Culture Affects the Law

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

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