Regulation of Liability For Risks of Physical Injury From “Sophisticated Robots”
F. Patrick Hubbard
Discussant: Samir Chopra
- Problem scenario: injuries caused by “emergent behavior” from coordinated robot behavior.
- Problems concerning defectiveness of design and causation- very difficult and tricky business
- Tort Approaches- fault in design (cost-benefit teset) or coded implementation (strict liability). Difficulty in allocating fault among multiple component suppliers. Plaintiffs might petition legislatures to ease burden of proof
- Respondeat Superior- are robots owned? legal agents? should robots be liable in tort?
- Legislative approaches- federal standards, preempt — Agency capture.
- Licensing regimes.