9th March 2017
By Sofia Syed, Senior Associate, Employment.
You would be forgiven for thinking this is an early April Fools article! It’s not. It is a sign of the fast changing times we are living in. We are told that Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Robotics are increasingly being employed in different industries globally, expected to surpass human intellectual capacity and are now exceeding boundaries that we may have only previously reserved for science fiction.
Whilst laws in this area are generally lagging far behind the innovations, the European Parliament (EP) is leading the way, by initiating a law on robots and artificial intelligence (AI). The EP wishes to create a robust legal framework in which this new reality can safely flourish to its full economic and creative potential. The EP has made the following recommendations to the European Commission:
Summary: It is stated that we stand on the threshold of an era where AI will unleash a new global industrial revolution, leaving no stratum of society untouched. You have a chance to consider the legal and ethical issues for yourself and shape the European legal framework as part of the current public consultations. If you have views on the future of robotics and AI, express them before 30 April 2017 and play your part in the future of science (non-fiction). It is most likely that this future is one that we will not be able to escape through Brexit. I look forward to the day that we deal not only with the rights attributed to the self-employed, the workers and the employees, but also attributable to the electronic persons!
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