Discussion: Liability Debate

Read the following materials:

Robot Ethics: The Ethical and Social Implications of Robots (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. – Chapter 11 (11 – 11.2)

Electric Currents: Programming Legal Status into Autonomous Unmanned Maritime Vehicles (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

Iridium 33 and Cosmos 2251 three years later: where are we now? (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

Robots in American Law (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. (in particular, read the introduction and pages 22-25 and 30-44, which deal with liability).

Regulating Emerging Robotic Technologies in Europe: Robotics facing Law and Ethics (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. (in particular, read pages 55 – 69).

In the readings on liability, there is a lot of discussion on how to define different types of unmanned systems in order to make them subject to particular types of laws. Is an unmanned maritime system a vessel even though it lacks a crew? Should a highly autonomous robot be considered a commercial product or something more akin to a domesticated animal or employee when it comes to liability? Who is responsible if a defunct unmanned spacecraft collides with a commercially important satellite, taking out critical communication systems?

Take a stance on any one of the debatable liability issues from the readings in this module. Provide a logical argument for your position, backed by the readings. Use APA citations where applicable. Explain how current laws or legal standards should be applied or changed to support your position. Your post should have at least 300 words.

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