Technology gets more and more advanced every day. Smartphones are faster, apps are more developed, and artificial intelligence is learning more efficiently than ever before. The gadgets, gizmos, and robots in our lives are beginning to evolve faster than we can regulate them.
Now a European Parliament motion looks to keep robots in check in a strange way: they want to classify robots as “electronic persons.” The draft stated that robots and their owners would be liable for a number of “personhood” responsibilities, like paying social security.
The paper came from the growing concern for the economic implications of a robotic society. Citizens and government officials alike have become alarmed at the speed at which technology has taken over the economy, facilitating unemployment, wealth inequality, and overall alienation.
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