Robotics and Law

18 May 2011
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"Modern technology is developing rapidly in many areas. The law must react to, control and possibly limit these changes. The area of robotics has so far been neglected, although it appears to become a central field of technological development. The applications for robots are expanding and the character of devices is changing: their decision-making progress is becoming more and more complex and thus less intuitively predictable.
This has implications for issues pertaining to civil and criminal liability, insurance of robots and against damage caused by robots, and the need for new security regulations. Closely connected with these questions is the research and use of machines in the human body. As of today, there are pacemakers, brain pacemakers, sophisticated artificial limbs – soon there will also be artificial sensory organs, nerves, nanobots, computer chips implanted into the body. This, too, is barely discussed in the legal community. However, such man-machine connections could redefine the limits of humanity, bring the need to re-evaluate criminal liability of mechanized people and lead to the question if legal regulations must limit potentially dangerous developments."