robot law

What the past of robotics law says about its future

One day, robots will present difficult legal challenges. This seems to be the consensus among commentators. And who am I to disagree? I have myself argued, right here on the digital pages of Slate, t...
15 March 2016, by and

American law needs a reboot when it comes to robots

Nearly 60 years of American case law indicate that while robot technology has been developing by leaps and bounds, the courts’ concept of robots is confused and largely stuck in the past. If we ar...
09 March 2016, by

RoboLaw: Why and how to regulate robotics

The issue is often raised whether robotics needs to be regulated. While some believe that there is no need to intervene because regulation may stifle innovation, others believe that indeed there is ne...
29 October 2014, by

When it comes to regulating robotics, multiple questions are at issue

Earlier this month the Brookings Institute published a paper by Ryan Calo titled "The case for a federally regulated robotics commission". As much as I appreciate the thoughtfulness and readability of...
28 October 2014, by

A call for debate on robot policy

The 1953 New Yorker cartoon that started the “Take me to your leader” meme showed two aliens newly arrived on earth asking a donkey to, effectively, give them policy guidance. This is exactly what...
24 September 2014, by

Hot topic: Regulating robotics

Updated 24/09/14 Do robots need to be regulated? Several legal and policy experts think that robot regulations should be developed early and revised often. Others - especially those working on researc...
23 September 2014, by

We need to pass legislation on artificial intelligence early and often | Slate

Economists and historians traditionally claim that the technological advances of the Industrial Revolution led to the creation of a large middle class in the United States. That’s only partly true. ...
23 September 2014, by

Problems with precautionary principle-minded tech regulation & a Federal Robotics Commission

If there are two general principles that unify my recent work on technology policy and innovation issues, they would be as follows. To the maximum extent possible: We should avoid preemptive and...
23 September 2014, by

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