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Do robots have rights? The European Parliament addresses artificial intelligence and robotics

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The European Parliament accordingly passed a resolution with recommendations to the European Commission on civil law rules on robotics (2015/2103(INL)) on 16 February 2017; the resolution was adopted with 396 votes in favour, 123 against and 85 abstentions. The recommendations of the European Parliament relate to general principles around developing robotics and AI for civil use, and address various topics involving these new technologies. In this context, the European Parliament is calling on the Commission to consider introducing a specific legal status for intelligent robots in the long term. The Parliament's resolution also advocates the establishment of a European agency for robotics and artificial intelligence, with the aim of providing the technical, ethical and regulatory expertise required to meet the challenges and opportunities arising from the development of robotics in a timely and informed manner.



European lawmakers want robots to pay taxes

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That's the takeaway from a draft report on robotics produced by the European Parliament, which warns that artificial intelligence and increased automation present legal and ethical challenges that could have dire consequences. "Within the space of a few decades [artificial intelligence] could surpass human intellectual capacity in a manner which, if not prepared for, could pose a challenge to humanity's capacity to control its own creation and ... the survival of the species," the draft states. If advanced robots start replacing human workers in large numbers, the report recommends the European Commission force their owners to pay taxes or contribute to social security. In April, the European Parliament's legal affairs committee held a hearing to discuss the issue.


European lawmakers want robots to pay taxes

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That's the takeaway from a draft report on robotics produced by the European Parliament, which warns that artificial intelligence and increased automation present legal and ethical challenges that could have dire consequences. "Within the space of a few decades [artificial intelligence] could surpass human intellectual capacity in a manner which, if not prepared for, could pose a challenge to humanity's capacity to control its own creation and ... the survival of the species," the draft states. If advanced robots start replacing human workers in large numbers, the report recommends the European Commission force their owners to pay taxes or contribute to social security. In April, the European Parliament's legal affairs committee held a hearing to discuss the issue.