Robots and AI: Should we treat them like pets, or people?

You’re responsible if your dog does something wrong, why not for your AI? Image: iStock Who is accountable for an artificial intelligence or robot which performs an action that brings harm to people? That action might be accidental but it’s one of many questions society might need to ask itself about the autonomy and accountability of AI when more advanced forms of it such as driverless vehicles — likely to be the first robots we learn to trust — drones, and even military weapons become more widely deployed. AI and legal experts are attempting to figure it out, but there’s no simple answer. Speaking on a British Academy panel about robots and the law at The Royal Society, one expert suggested that the answer could be right under our noses.…


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