ROBOLAW

Regulating Emerging Robotic Technologies in Europe: Robotics facing Law and Ethics

 Coordinatore SCUOLA SUPERIORE DI STUDI UNIVERSITARI E DI PERFEZIONAMENTO SANT'ANNA 

 Organization address address: PIAZZA MARTIRI DELLA LIBERTA, 33
city: PISA
postcode: 56127

contact info
Titolo: Prof.
Nome: Erica
Cognome: Palmerini
Email: send email
Telefono: +39 050 883528

 Nazionalità Coordinatore Italy [IT]
 Sito del progetto http://www.robolaw.eu
 Totale costo 1˙908˙342 €
 EC contributo 1˙497˙966 €
 Programma FP7-SIS
Specific Programme "Capacities": Science in society
 Code Call FP7-SCIENCE-IN-SOCIETY-2011-1
 Funding Scheme CP-FP
 Anno di inizio 2012
 Periodo (anno-mese-giorno) 2012-03-01   -   2014-05-31

 Partecipanti

# participant  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    SCUOLA SUPERIORE DI STUDI UNIVERSITARI E DI PERFEZIONAMENTO SANT'ANNA

 Organization address address: PIAZZA MARTIRI DELLA LIBERTA, 33
city: PISA
postcode: 56127

contact info
Titolo: Prof.
Nome: Erica
Cognome: Palmerini
Email: send email
Telefono: +39 050 883528

IT (PISA) coordinator 659˙366.00
2    STICHTING KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT BRABANT UNIVERSITEIT VAN TILBURG

 Organization address address: Warandelaan 2
city: TILBURG
postcode: 5037 AB

contact info
Titolo: Ms.
Nome: Leonie
Cognome: De Jong
Email: send email
Telefono: +31 13 466 3664

NL (TILBURG) participant 454˙600.00
3    THE UNIVERSITY OF READING

 Organization address address: WHITEKNIGHTS CAMPUS WHITEKNIGHTS HOUSE
city: READING
postcode: RG6 6AH

contact info
Titolo: Mr.
Nome: Tom
Cognome: Reynolds
Email: send email
Telefono: +44 118 378 6060
Fax: +44 118 378 8979

UK (READING) participant 159˙600.00
4    LUDWIG-MAXIMILIANS-UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN

 Organization address address: GESCHWISTER SCHOLL PLATZ 1
city: MUENCHEN
postcode: 80539

contact info
Titolo: Dr.
Nome: Fiorella
Cognome: Battaglia
Email: send email
Telefono: 4989220000000
Fax: 4989220000000

DE (MUENCHEN) participant 143˙277.52
5    HUMBOLDT-UNIVERSITAT ZU BERLIN

 Organization address address: UNTER DEN LINDEN 6
city: BERLIN
postcode: 10099

contact info
Titolo: Ms.
Nome: Renate
Cognome: Ubachs
Email: send email
Telefono: +49 30 209370751
Fax: +49 30 2093 1660

DE (BERLIN) participant 81˙122.49

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 Obiettivo del progetto (Objective)

'The main objective of the research in this proposal is to investigate the ways in which emerging technologies in the field of (bio-)robotics (e.g. bionics, neural interfaces and nanotechnologies) has a bearing on the content, meaning and setting of hard versus soft law. We will research the ways in which regulation (both in terms of soft and hard law) may be affected by, and even in need of adjustment in light of, advances in robotics, with a special focus on human enhancement. To do so we will analyse the current state-of-the-art of legislation and regulation pertaining to robotics, and we will point towards areas of regulation that are in need of adjustment or revision due to the advent of emerging robotics technologies. Moreover, we will study the interrelations between technical, legal and moral norms in this field, in order to define what could be the best balance between them, and to promote a technically feasible, yet also ethically and legally sound basis for future robotics developments. Uncovering ethical values embedded into robotics technologies, and ethical consequences arising from their use, is another key element of this research, therefore. The most important outcome of the research will consist of 'Guidelines on Regulating Robotics', which will containing regulatory recommendations for the European Commission, in order to establish of a solid framework of 'robolaw' in Europe.'

Introduzione (Teaser)

An EU project looked at what laws and regulations are needed for robotic technology.

Descrizione progetto (Article)

Following the first computers, the idea of thinking machines became a staple of science fiction. Even very early on it was understood that such machines would need some governing framework. The subject of robotics law was seriously considered by European legal scholars through the 1980s. However, most of the studies related to agent technology in software systems and, although investigations addressed important legal themes to be covered by future robotics laws, the field was still more science fiction than actuality.

The first investigation to address these issues was the EU-funded project, 'Regulating emerging robotic technologies in Europe: Robotics facing law and ethics' (ROBOLAW). Its main aims included identifying the legal and ethical implications of emerging robotic technologies, in terms of whether existing frameworks are adequate given the state of the technologies. Secondly, research took into account how developments in robotics affect European social values.

Apart from robotics as conventionally understood, ROBOLAW also considered the legal status of pioneering technologies such as nanotechnologies, neuroprostheses and brain-computer interfaces. The study employed multidisciplinary methods and comparative analyses, and has highlighted areas of European regulation needing reform.

ROBOLAW held a workshop where invited speakers addressed these issues. The outcome of these discussions was published as an extensive reference, which also included a research methodology. Since then, a ROBOLAW Series has been successfully published.

The project also developed a structure of applicable technologies depending on level of autonomy, task performed, relationship to humans and other criteria. This taxonomy, and associated case study analysis, will help focus the legal questions, especially in terms of rights.

A report published by ROBOLAW examines how robotic technologies affect European rights. A discussion journal article focused on industrial robotics, assistive technology and biomedical robotics. The broad issues of these publications, and the project's other workshops, focused on how the technologies affect our conception of humanity, and how they may be designed to safeguard human values.

Project outcomes can also be applied to a wide range of other technologies. ROBOLAW outcomes should help protect rights affected by new technologies.

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