Robotics are paving a path into many aspects of housing - into the built product, into the manufacturing and into the sales process. With this new age upon us, we have to look at the legislation to handle robots in all of these settings. Europe is on the path now to set the law straight with legal status for robots, a kill switch for all robots and safety restrictions.

As they say, it’s nothing unless you have it on paper, and amid global buzz on the implications of advanced artificial intelligence and robots ushering in a new kind of industrial revolution, members of the European Parliament have now called for relevant legislation to be put in place.

Yesterday, the parliament’s legal affairs committee voted 17-2, with two abstentions, to pass a report written in May: Motion for a European Parliament Resolution with recommendations to the Commission on Civil Law Rules on Robotics. Next month, the full house of the European Parliament will vote on the draft proposals, which will need to be approved by an absolute majority.

The report recognizes that the world as we know it is on the cusp of fundamentally changing, noting that the sophistication of today’s technology will “leave no stratum of society untouched.” To that end, legislation that will ensure societal stability and the safety of humans is necessary.

“A growing number of areas of our daily lives are increasingly affected by robotics,” said the report’s author, Luxembourgish MEP Mady Delvaux. “In order to address this reality and to ensure that robots are and will remain in the service of humans, we urgently need to create a robust European legal framework.”

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