Robots Are People Too
How Siri, Google Car, and Artificial Intelligence Will Force Us to Change Our Laws
by John Frank Weaver
November 2013, 234pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-2945-1
$65, £50, 57€, A90
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In a modern world, human beings no longer make all of the decisions.

The only book of its kind to look at how our legal system needs to change to accommodate a world in which machines, in addition to people, make decisions.

For years, robots were solely a matter of science fiction. Today, artificial intelligence technologies serve to accelerate our already fast-paced lives even further. From Apple’s Siri to the Google Car to GPS, machines and technologies that make decisions and take action without direct human supervision have become commonplace in our daily lives. As a result, laws must be amended to protect companies that produce robots and the people that buy and use them. This book provides an extensive examination of how numerous legal areas—including liability, traffic, zoning, and international and constitutional law—must adapt to the widespread use of artificial intelligence in nearly every area of our society. The author scrutinizes the laws governing such fields as transportation, medicine, law enforcement, childcare, and real estate development.


  • Describes court cases, regulations, and statutes that are affected by the technological advances of artificial intelligence
  • Eschews overtly technical or legalistic discussions to provide clear, accessible information
  • Discusses a number of popular, topical, and controversial technologies, providing historical background for each and their legal implications
  • Focuses on devices that are already in use to illustrate where the law falls short in governing artificial intelligence and how legal models should be amended
John Frank Weaver is an attorney with McLane, Graf, Raulerson, and Middleton in Portsmouth, NH, and speaks about issues related to the intersection of artificial intelligence and the law. He received his juris doctor degree from Boston College Law School and his bachelor's degree from Georgetown University.


"In this timely book, organized according to Isaac Asimov's 'Three Laws of Robotics,' introduced in 1942, Weaver (attorney) discusses the current and possible future roles of robots and related technologies, and explores the legal aspects of those developments. . . . Recommended."—Choice, July 1, 2014

"getAbstract recommends Weaver’s informed and sobering consideration of AI to anyone who follows technological trends, economics, and future visions of society. It will also intrigue entrepreneurs, investors, and those working in defense and automotive fields, manufacturing, shipping, medicine or home care."—getAbstract, June 3, 2015

"The questions raised by robots' rise will seem like they are from science fiction, but they are becoming all too real. In Robots Are People Too, John Frank Weaver tackles the legal side of this fascinating new story, from what happens when driverless cars get into an accident to fundamental questions that are being raised for the Constitution itself."—P. W. Singer, Director of the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence at the Brookings Institution, Author of Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and CyberWar: What Everyone Should Know
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