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Can robots break the law?

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By Sameer Rahim  
Robot law?

Robot law?

Do we need robot law? The question might seem to belong more to the world of science fiction than reality; but technological advances have made it a pressing issue. At a British Academy debate on 31st January in London, the chair Hannah Devlin, a Guardian journalist, began with an arresting anecdote.

Last year, a man in a Tesla car in self-driving mode was killed when he collided with a truck that neither the car nor the human saw. Was the technology to blame or the human…

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