Robots Must Pay For Their Crimes!

Who do we hold legally accountable when a robot injures someone? According to the European Union... THE ROBOT ITSELF!

Traditionally when a robot injures someone or damages property we hold the robot's creator or owner accountable. But that notion is changing. On May 31, 2016 the European Parliament received a report from the Commission on Legal Affairs saying that, depending on circumstances, the ROBOT might be the one held legally responsible!

But this raises some difficult questions. How do you make a robot pay? Do you put it in jail? Does it owe the victim monetary compensation? And most of all... does that make the robot a non-human person? On this episode of Fw:Thinking we explore all those ideas and more!

We'd love to hear from you! Is it time to consider robots as persons or something similar? Let us know in the comments below!