Artificial intelligence is at the forefront of a wave of innovations, from suggesting films on Netflix, to processing insurance claims in Japan, and driving our cars. But as we continue to delegate more and more of the decision-making to machines, and provide them with the means to execute those decisions in the physical world (via robotics), who is responsible when things go wrong?
This is not a question for the far off future, indeed the National Transport Commission is already working on regulations for self-driving cars.
Such questions need practical answers, with an approach that will grow with the increasing sophistication of AI technology.
Ashley Kelso will be presenting a paper at the Joint International Conference on Artificial Intelligence to address the issues of:
- Who is liable when a robot causes injury or damage?
- What are the legal risks involved in introducing robots for use by the general public?
- How can these legal risks be managed as part of the design process to improve safety and minimise litigation?
This will be discussed by reference to a real world case study where a company was sued in Australia for injuries caused by a robot.
The paper will be presented as part of the IJCAI workshop on ‘Human-Robot Engagement in the Home, Workplace and Public Spaces’ on 19 August 2017 at RMIT. A line up of the speakers can be found HERE. You can register for the conference or just the workshop HERE.