Liability

As yet, education and rehabilitation have been harnessing the power and quality of human interaction. And now, robotics is poised to shatter the paradigm by which we learn, study and rehabilitate. Liability and personal injury issues are a very serious concern for robotics. Right now, rehabilitation robots literally have human lives in their hands (drone system that guides blind). There is every indication that accidents, incidents or unforeseen consequences while employing robots, intentionally or not, will arise. And along with ubiquity comes lawsuits. Hence new questions emerged:

 

  • Will this new technology in the environment of education and rehabilitation change the way that one currently understands the questions of liability?
  • Will robotics be sufficiently widespread and applicable in practice to raise questions of liability?
  • What will be the role of robotics in general in an average education or rehabilitation environment and individual’s life?
  • When should we pause to reflect on the potential consequences of these new innovations?
  • And should we ever pause to reflect on the potential consequences of these new innovations?