Estonia sets the pace for robot regulations

Estonia, the country which helped create Skype and hosts Nato’s cyber-defence centre, is also trying to stay ahead of the pack in regulating robotics.

The economy ministry is working on legislation that would address the status of artificial intelligence in legal disputes, says Siim Sikkut, the official in charge of the government’s IT strategy. One proposal under consideration would create the term "robot-agent", which would be somewhere between having a separate legal personality and an object that is someone else’s property.

Driverless parcel delivery robots of Tallinn-based Starship Technologies, set up by Ahti Heinla, Starship's chief executive, and Janus Friis in 2014, were authorised by the Estonian parliament in June to move in traffic without human assistants at speeds up to 6kph.

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Victoria Krisman is Interactive Media Specialist for the Intelligent Community Forum.
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