[ExI] video games take 2

BillK pharos at gmail.com
Mon Aug 7 19:49:27 UTC 2017

On 7 August 2017 at 17:04, spike  wrote:
> OK then, rev up your imagination, assume a legal system similar to the only
> one I know anything about, the US-ian, and figure out a way to do something
> like a Repair-Borg where risk costs are contained.
> Back in 2004 when I watched the first DARPA robot races thru the desert, a
> reporter commented that the technology could never be adapted for street use
> because of legal liability issues.  Agreed that problem is more difficult
> than the controls problem, but I do not agree that it can never be solved.
> So are we ready to make the case that legal liabilities will prevent a
> Repair-Borg from ever existing now and forever?  Can we not even imagine a
> way?  I can.

Robot legal liability is currently being discussed by lawyers around
the world. Their conclusions should be appearing in legislation within
the next year or two.

At present, manufacturers and installers of machinery can be held
liable for injuries caused by their machinery under normal product
liability law. e.g. if a factory robot malfunctions and injures an
Usually the employer or owner would not be sued if it was a
manufacturing defect. The employer or owner could be sued if the
malfunction was due to lack of proper maintenance or to not
implementing place of work safety standards.

Your Repair-Borg liability will also apply to robot vehicles, medical
robots, etc. so we probably have to wait and see what law develops.


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