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Give robots 'personhood' status, EU committee argues
Proposed rules for robots and AI in Europe include a push for a general basic income for humans, and ‘human rights’ for robots
By Alex Hern

The proposed legal status for robots would be analogous to corporate personhood, which allows firms to take part in legal cases both as the plaintiff and respondent.

The broad report identifies a number of areas in need of specific oversight from the EU, including:

  • The creation of a European agency for robotics and AI;
  • A legal definition of “smart autonomous robots”, with a system of registration of the most advanced of them;
  • An advisory code of conduct for robotics engineers aimed at guiding the ethical design, production and use of robots;
  • A new mandatory insurance scheme for companies to cover damage caused by their robots.

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