Abstract

This paper adopts a legal perspective to counter some exaggerations of today’s debate on the social understanding of robotics. According to a long and well-established tradition, there is in fact a relatively strong consensus among lawyers about some key notions such as, say, agency and liability in the current use of robots. However, dealing with a field in rapid evolution, we need to rethink some basic tenets of the contemporary legal framework. In particular, the time has come for lawyers to acknowledge that some acts of robots should be considered as a new source of legal responsibility for others’ behaviour.


Type

Journal Article

Volume

26

Date

November 2011

Webpage

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Creators

Pagallo, Ugo (Author)

Issue

4

DOI
10.1007/s00146-010-0316-0


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