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Novel Beings: Regulatory Approaches for a Future of New Intelligent Life

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Novel Beings is a forward-looking exploration into the divide between proactive and reactive regulatory approaches to the cross-section of biotechnology and artificial intelligence (AI) research. Addressing an innovative area of academic study, Novel Beings questions how this research, which has the potential to create new forms of morally valuable life, could be regulated.This fascinating book examines the promises and perils of conflicting approaches to regulating emerging technologies in the unique context of this probable challenge for law and society. An impressive, and multidisciplinary, selection of expert contributors offer considerations vital to any attempt to address these issues before they become impossible to prevent or rectify. Chapters explore technologies such as genomics, synthetic biology and neurotechnologies, as well the profusion of ‘expert systems’ – algorithms and simple AI that interweave through everyday life, from smart assistants, to the financial markets, to social media. David Lawrence and Sarah Morley also discuss the global challenges for society and the laws regarding the status of these technological beings, their protections and obligations.This book will appeal to researchers and academics who are interested in the regulation of emerging technology. It will also provide a beneficial new resource for scholars and postgraduate students studying emerging technology in different fields, such as law, bioethics and philosophy.

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Editor(s): Lawrence DR, Morley S

Publication type: Edited Book

Publication status: Published

Edition: 1

Series Title: Elgar Law, Technology and Society series

Year: 2022

Number of Pages: 256

Print publication date: 09/12/2022

Acceptance date: 02/04/2018

Publisher: Edward Elgar


Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 9781800889255