Initiative on civil law rules on robotics and artificial intelligence

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Resolution discussed and adopted by the European Parliament in 2017 on civil law rules relating to robotics and artificial intelligence.

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This initiative urges the European Union to set out a legal framework regulating the field of robotics and artificial intelligence (AI), highlighting that a common set of rules was needed in order to fully exploit its economic potential and guarantee a standard level of safety and security. The Resolution also calls on the European Commission to consider the creation of a European agency for robotics and artificial intelligence, aimed at supplying public authorities with technical, ethical and regulatory expertise. Its rapporteur proposes a voluntary ethical code of conduct to regulate who would be accountable for the social, environmental and human health impacts of robotics and ensure that they operate in accordance with legal, safety and ethical standards.

The Parliament's legal affairs committee approved the report on 12 January 2017, which was later endorsed by the plenary session on 16 February.

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EPRS: At a Glance, February 2017: Civil law rules on robotics

The Guardian, 12/01/2017: Give robots 'personhood' status, EU committee argues
BBC News, 12/01/2017: MEPs vote on robots' legal status - and if a kill switch is required
Euronews, 12/01/2017: MEPs demand EU-wide rules on robots and AI
EurActiv, 12/01/2017: MEPs want ‘free cash’ to address job-killer robots threat
Politico, 12/01/2017: MEPs fear the rise of the robots

European Parliament: Press Release, 12/01/2017: Robots: Legal Affairs Committee calls for EU-wide rules
European Parliament: Press Release, 16/02/2017: Robots and artificial intelligence: MEPs call for EU-wide liability rules

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