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Robots in Europe Could Become 'Electronic Persons'
Machines are taking over the world, and some members of the European Parliament aren't very happy about it. Robots in the EU soon be classed as "electronic persons" if the Parliament adopts a new set of rules on robotics. The drafted motion would mean that robots had "specific rights and obligations," and that robot owners have to pay social security for any robot they own. That's largely a reaction to fears that robots are taking more and more human jobs, leading to increased unemployment and a reduced social safety net. The owner would also be responsible for paying specialized taxes and being held accountable for legal liabilities.