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Alayna Treene Jan 13, 2017
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The EU is voting on the future of robots

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Members of the European Parliament have put together a report calling for new legislation on how humans will interact with artificial intelligence and robots. It looks at whether robots should be given legal status as "electronic persons," and states that designers should ensure that all robots have a kill switch — in case things go haywire.

Why this matters: Europe is more aggressive than the U.S. about regulating technology, and they're hoping to get a jumpstart on laying the ground rules for (what that they see as) an upcoming industrial revolution that is likely to "leave no stratum of society untouched."