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Parliamentary questions
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3 October 2013
Question for written answer E-011289-13
to the Commission
Rule 117
Marc Tarabella (S&D)

 Subject:  Robots' rights
 Answer in writing 

Robot law seems to be materialising in various ways, since lawyers are working on the creation of a ‘robot personality’ and on the allocation of robot social security numbers, France’s Ministry of Productive Recovery is drawing up a non-binding draft charter of ethics, and the Commission is considering granting robots a legal personality.

Human-replacing robots are something that the Commission is starting to introduce with its Petrobot project. Together with a consortium of 10 European companies led by the oil company Shell, it is seeking to develop robots which can replace humans in ‘inspections of pressure vessels and storage tanks widely used in the oil, gas and petrochemical industry’.

It says that granting legal status to robots and intelligent systems is an option and nothing more.

1. What is the reality of the situation?

2. What is the goal?

3. What is the budget for this policy area?

Original language of question: FROJ C 216, 09/07/2014
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