Either for us or for them.
A European Parliament committee has voted in favor of a draft report that proposes granting legal status to robots, categorizing them as “electronic persons”.
The draft report, approved by 17 votes to two and two abstentions by the European Parliament Committee on Legal Affairs, proposes that “The most sophisticated autonomous robots could be established as having the status of electronic persons with specific rights and obligations, including that of making good any damage they may cause.”
The report also calls for robot definitions and subcategories to be proposed based on the device’s autonomy, making certain categories with higher autonomy more responsible for their actions.
“Whereas in the scenario where a robot can take autonomous decisions, the traditional rules will not suffice to activate a robot’s liability, since they would not make it possible to identify the party responsible for providing compensation and to require this party to make good the damage it has caused,” the report reads.
Humans don’t get along with each all that well. Imagine competing with something smarter, faster, stronger, and not bound by foolishness or other emotion. Or don’t imagine it. You’ll be living it in a matter of a few short years.
And, that this comes from the idiotic EU is disturbing but almost makes sense. No doubt, they will welcome their new robot masters. I will too – with a shotgun.
Time will tell. Developing … rapidly.