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Without new anti-robot laws, humanity is doomed, MPs told

Brian Miller Silver badge

But we have self-driving cars now...

To a certain extent, legislation on who is liable for a robot (or car) run amok is necessary. All of the car controls in many modern cars are just suggestions to the computer. Ignition, accelerator pedal, transmission, and brakes are all drive-by-wire. Add in some computer control on the steering, and what input does the driver really have if there is a failure, or malware gets uploaded?

Of course, autonomous ground-based killing machines can already be implemented. It's just that nobody has bothered to do it as part of their arsenal. We've had missiles that self-identify a target for some time. After all, that's what guidance is all about.

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