The ‘reasonable robot’ and liability


It is fairly easy to determine liability when looking to the operator or software provider of a deficient computer system, but who is liable if a loss is caused by a robot or artificial intelligence? Is there such a thing as a reasonable robot? Does a robot have foresight? And how do we apply our current law to the acts or omissions of a robot?

A reasonable professional is assessed according to the degree of skill expected in their industry and based on their professional level of training. If the robot is held to the same standard as a reasonable professional, what would that standard be? We would need to assess whether the loss suffered by the third party was reasonably foreseeable and whether the reasonable robot would have taken steps to avoid that loss.

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