Europe’s robots to become ‘electronic persons’ under draft plan

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“After all–aren’t we genuine European workers?”

The motion is quoted as saying ““that at least the most sophisticated autonomous robots could be established as having the status of electronic persons with specific rights and obligations”.

Reuters reports that “It also suggested the creation of a register for smart autonomous robots, which would link each one to funds established to cover its legal liabilities. “

Of course part of the reasoning seems to be that if mass automation went underway, then making factories pay robots would make humans more competitive, and thus more likely to be able to get a job.

As it mentions though, likely this wont become a full bill for another decade at least, maybe longer, depending on a variety of factors.

full article here:
http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSKCN0Z72AY

It also reminds me of a short story from the 1950’s
“Robots of the World Arise!” https://robotscifi.wordpress.com/1952/07/

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