Homo Digitalis signs the open letter to the European Commission on Artificial Intelligence and Robotics

Artificial Intelligence and robotics constitute an ever-increasing part of our everyday lives. It seems that robots or robotic applications will be used in many aspects of our lives in the near future. Therefore, it crucial that an adequate legislative framework is created, regulating their activity, safeguarding the principles of democracy and human rights. This framework should not only be examined from an economic and legal perspective, but there must be a holistic approach to it, which will include sociological, psychological and ethical aspects.

In this context, the European Parliament with a resolution proposed to the European Commission:

“the adoption of a legal instrument on robotics in the long term, so that at least the most hi-tech, autonomous robots are recognized as electronic persons, having liability for any damage they cause and potentially implementation of this electronic personality in cases in which robots decide autonomously or interact independently in any other way with third parties”.

Scientists and manufacturers specializing in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, law professionals, health scientists, university professors in the related fields, as well as organizations operating in the aforementioned fields, as well as ethics, address the European Commission through an open letter regarding the proposal by the European Parliament.

Their purpose is to support the drafting of a legal instrument in the European plane, which will regulate robots’ activities, safeguarding human rights and limiting the risks, which may be caused by their acts. They believe that the European Commission should create a feasible legislative instrument for innovative and responsible progress in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, resulting in the enjoyment of even more benefits for European citizens and the European single market.

However, the experts underline that:

  • It is necessary to adopt a holistic approach for the creation of the regulatory framework.
  • From an ethical and legal aspect, it is impossible to create a legal personality for robots, which will be based on any existing law system.

Homo Digitalis is one of the signatories of this open letter, represented by its President, Ms. Elpida Vamvaka.

If you belong to the persons or organizations,which can and wish to sign the letter, thus adding to the endeavour being made before the European Commission, you can do so following the link: