Who is responsible when robots go rogue?

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:

  1. Who is liable when a robot causes injury or damage?
  2. What are the legal risks involved in introducing robots for use by the general public?
  3. 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.

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