The European Parliament is holding a public consultation on the future of Robotics and Artifical Intelligence with an emphasis on Civil Law rules.
This is the first time that a consultation is organized by the European Parliament, who recently adopted a resolution that asks the EU Commission to propose rules on Robotics and Artificial Intelligence.
The field of Robotics and Ariticial Intelligence is fast-evolving. The swift increase in their use and development presents new challenges to societies.
The aim of this consultation is to launch a broad based debate with a wide range of stakeholders and to seeks views on how to address the challenging ethical, economic, legal and social issues related to developments in the area of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence.
The consultation is open until the 30th of April 2017 and the questionnaire can be accessed on the European Parliament's Website.
The consultation is based on the Report on Civil Law Rules on Robotics that includes recommendations to the Commission on Civil Law Rules on Robotics. Amongst other, Members of the European Parliament urge the European Commission to adopt legislation to clarify liability issues. Furthermore, they propose a voluntary ethical code of conduct on robotics for researchers and designers to ensure that they operate in accordance with legal and ethical standards and that robot design and use respect human dignity. They also ask the Commission to consider creating a European agency for robotics and artificial intelligence.
The results of the consultation will help the European Parliament to define potential next steps and future policies at EU level.