About: Robots

Digital 23-10-2018

Learning to trust the killer robots

It's been more than 75 years since the American science fiction writer Isaac Asimov published his seminal 'Three laws on Robotics', a concise ethical framework that came to govern the principles by which Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been developed worldwide.
Digital 31-05-2018

The EU is right to refuse legal personality for Artificial Intelligence

The European Commission’s recent outline of an artificial intelligence strategy does not give in to European Parliament calls to grant personhood for AI. The Commission is right in this, though not for the reasons mentioned in a recent open letter published by experts, writes Thomas Burri.
Digital 07-05-2018

Tech industry and consumer watchdogs at odds over robot liability

Tech industry groups and consumer watchdogs are at odds over whether the European Commission should overhaul the bloc’s legislation on product liability to cover robots and artificial intelligence.
Digital 12-04-2018

The Brief – The wording war against ‘killer robots’

Killer robots may not speak Spanish as well as Terminator. But they could be as destructive as that famous killing machine with an Austrian accent in the not too distant future.
Digital 10-04-2018

Twenty-four EU countries sign artificial intelligence pact in bid to compete with US and China

Twenty-four EU countries pledged to band together to form a “European approach” to artificial intelligence in a bid to compete with American and Asian tech giants.
Economy & Jobs 26-03-2018

AI and robots should not be attributed legal personhood

Technology has revolutionised the financial industry, but we’re long overdue a revolution in the way we think about its future role and the policies that should govern it, write Daniel Schlaepfer and Hugo Kruyne.
World Economic Forum 2016: Robot HUBO
Economy & Jobs 28-08-2017

Millennials see robots as job creators rather than a threat

Young people remain optimistic about the impact of robots and artificial intelligence in the work place, as a large majority of them believe that more jobs will be created than will disappear, according to a global poll published on Monday (28 August).
Economy & Jobs 18-05-2017

Amazon AI chief: We don’t need a ‘kill switch’ for ‘smart’ machines

Ralf Herbrich is one of the three masterminds behind Amazon’s artificial intelligence, the secret formula responsible for the exponential growth of the company that has revolutionised the world of commerce.
Digital 08-03-2017

Ansip insists automation won’t cause ‘mass unemployment’

Andrus Ansip, the European Commission Vice-President in charge of digital policy, said he cannot imagine a “mass unemployment scenario” stemming from automation, although he acknowledged technology will bring job losses over the coming years.
5G 03-03-2017

Ansip: Additional taxes on robots would be ‘unwise’

European Commission Vice-President Andrus Ansip is optimistic about the digital revolution. After visiting the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week (27 February-2 March), he still believes Europe is "in a good position" to lead the next generation of mobile broadband (5G).
Economy & Jobs 16-02-2017

Parliament plenary rejects universal basic income

The European Parliament's plenary session voted today (16 February) against a universal basic income to compensate for the impact of robots on the labour market.
Digital 16-02-2017

Law professor: ‘Autonomous weapons’ notably absent from EU motion on robotics, AI

The European Parliament is voting today (16 February) on a landmark resolution on civil law, robotics and artificial intelligence. Ahead of the vote, Euractiv.com explored the ethical and legal implications of robotisation with a professor of international and European law.
Digital 27-01-2017

Robots won’t steal your job, they’ll make work more interesting

Despite technological progress promising to solve many of Europe’s problems, people still worry about robots and automation costing jobs. But this anxiety is based on fear, not reason, warns Thilo Brodtmann.

Pre-Davos report calls for reforming capitalism to survive global backlash

The World Economic Forum study warns that democracy is in “deeper crisis” and urges for more inclusive growth amid the growing inequalities fuelled by technological disruption.

MEPs want ‘free cash’ to address job-killer robots threat

EU legislators today (12 January) called for a universal basic income to combat the looming risk of job loss by the onward march of robots, as well as concerns about European welfare systems.
Digital 10-01-2017

EU plans first laws on robotics

A European Parliament committee will look Thursday (12 January) at a draft resolution relating to the regulation of robotics. The text could become the basis for the first European legislation on automation and robots. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Digital 13-12-2016

The left must carve out its own vision for the digital age

Computers are becoming more powerful every day and are fundamentally changing our societies. We must act now to defend jobs, wages and equality in the dawning digital age, write Gianni Pittella and Sergei Stanishev.
Brexit 26-10-2016

Robert Madelin: ‘We have to assume the hardest possible Brexit’

The EU treaty mentions a two-year deadline for a member state to conclude negotiations to leave the European Union. But it also foresees possible extensions, opening the way for a follow-on process, says Robert Madelin, who just left the EU executive.
12-10-2016

The Brief: Robots will rule us with their iron fists

Robots. They can’t be reasoned with, they don’t feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And they absolutely will not stop – ever.

MEP: ‘My main concern is that humans are not dominated by robots’

Mady Delvaux, a Socialist MEP from Luxembourg, has been tasked with drafting the first regulatory proposal worldwide to address the rise of advanced robotics and artificial intelligence.

‘Robots are leaving the cage’, dazzling EU lawyers and regulators

How should autonomous and self-learning robots be considered from a legal viewpoint? Under plans currently under discussion, they can be regarded as pets or even as “robot persons” in their own right, EURACTIV.com has learned.

Universal basic income paid by a ‘robot tax’ is a bad idea

Although the digitalisation of industry is a top priority among EU decision makers, Europe should not be concerned about job losses caused by growing automation. Instead, member states should teach the new generations the skills required for a digital future, believes the VDMA chief, Thilo Brodtman.
Digital 10-06-2016

EU considers new insurance laws for driverless cars

The European Commission is trying to figure out whether insurance laws should be changed to cover crashes caused by driverless cars. With no human in control of the cars, insurance companies are already rethinking who will be liable for the new technology.

Swiss reject guaranteed basic income plan after ‘robot debate’

Swiss voters rejected by a wide margin yesterday (5 June) a proposal to introduce a guaranteed basic income for everyone living in the wealthy country after an uneasy debate about the future of work at a time of increasing automation.