Seattle University Law Review
Helen Norton, Robotic Speakers and Human Listeners, 41 Seattle U. L. Rev. 1145 (2018), available at https://scholar.law.colorado.edu/faculty-articles/1184.
In their new book, Robotica, Ron Collins and David Skover assert that we protect speech not so much because of its value to speakers but instead because of its affirmative value to listeners. If we assume that the First Amendment is largely, if not entirely, about serving listeners’ interests—in other words, that it’s listeners all the way down—what would a listener-centered approach to robotic speech require? This short symposium essay briefly discusses the complicated and sometimes even dark side of robotic speech from a listener-centered perspective.
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