Patrick Hubbard on “Regulation of Liability for Risks of Physical Injury From ‘Sophisticated Robots’”

Patrick Hubbard

Current trends indicate that “sophisticated robots,” with higher intelligence and autonomy than current robots, will be developed for use in public areas like parks and highways as well as in homes, offices, and care facilities.  Professor Hubbard summarizes the current legal system for addressing physical injuries from robots and addresses possible impacts on this system as a result of sophisticated robots.  His paper predicts how sophisticated robots will affect existing contract and tort regimes and how these regimes will be used for imposing liability and determining regulation.  In addition, Professor Hubbard addresses proposals for fostering innovation in sophisticated robots and providing a fair, efficient allocation of liability for injuries caused by these robots, such as the following: (1) development of uniform, national standards for design and use, (2) adoption of regulatory schemes, (3) use of preemption with national regulatory systems, and (4) subsidies to developers of sophisticated robots.

Patrick Hubbard will present Regulation of Liability For Risks of Physical Injury From “Sophisticated Robots” on Saturday, April 21 at 2:00pm at We Robot 2012 at the University of Miami School of Law in Coral Gables, Florida.  Hubbard is a Professor at the University of South Carolina School of Law.  He has a J.D. from New York University Law School, an LL.M. from Yale Law School, and has practiced law in Texas, New York, and South Carolina.  He is the author of “The South Carolina Law of Torts” (4th ed. 2011) and recently published an article on personhood and Artificial Intelligence in Temple Law Review.


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