Giving robots ‘personhood’ is actually about making corporations accountable

Should “electronic personhood” act as causal link between robots, injured parties and corporations?

Wow, this is head-scratcher. This brings up so many issues. Product liability laws are well established. That still doesn’t make Black and Decker responsible for Jason taking a chainsaw to someone’s head.

But there is an interesting question here with regard to the possibility of autonomy arising in our robotic and AI systems. In my mind, however, these systems still act as a kind of extension of the corporation itself. Its body, so to speak.

Still trying to decide how I feel about this one, but my sense is that we are probably better off keeping the liability tied directly to the creator of the system.

Special shoutout to David Amerland for flagging this one to my attention.

http://www.theverge.com/2017/1/19/14322334/robot-electronic-persons-eu-report-liability-civil-suits
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