Debate: Should Robots Be Taxed?

Ryan Abbott, University of Surrey, Ryan Avent, The Economist, and Gideon Lichfield, MIT Technology Review

Ryan Abbott, Professor of Law and Health Sciences, University of Surrey

Ryan Abbott, MD, JD, MTOM, is Professor of Law and Health Sciences at the University of Surrey School of Law, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and a mediator and arbitrator with JAMS. He has published widely on issues associated with law and technology, health law, and intellectual property in leading legal, medical, and scientific journals. Professor Abbott has worked as partner at a litigation firm, general counsel of a biotechnology company, and of counsel at law firms specialized in transactional matters and intellectual property litigation for biopharmaceutical and medical device companies. He is a licensed and board-certified physician and patent attorney in the United States and a solicitor (non-practicing) in England and Wales.

Ryan Avent, Economics Columnist, The Economist

Ryan Avent is a senior editor and the economics columnist at The Economist. He is the author of "The Wealth of Humans: Work, Power and Status in the Twenty-first Century" and "The Gated City."

Gideon Lichfield, Editor in Chief, MIT Technology Review

Gideon Lichfield has been the editor-in-chief of MIT Technology Review since December 2017. He spent 16 years at The Economist, first as a science and technology writer and then in postings to Mexico City, Moscow, Jerusalem, and New York City. In 2012 he left to become one of the founding editors of Quartz, a news outlet dedicated to covering the future of the global economy that is now widely recognized as one of the most innovative companies in digital media. Gideon has taught journalism at New York University and been a fellow at Data & Society, a research institute devoted to studying the social impacts of new technology. He grew up in the UK and studied physics and the philosophy of science.

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