So, Where Are My Robot Servants? - Prof. Ryan Calo cited
- IEEE Spectrum
S.K. Gupta, a roboticist at the University of Maryland College, notes that cellphones were invented for people to talk, but we have found many new uses for them. “I believe that the same thing is likely to happen for home robots. Initially people will be interested in getting robots at home to help with basic household chores, but soon they will find new uses for these robots.”
For this to come about, companies making domestic robots will have to give up control in the name of openness. How soon that will happen is unclear, though. A big impediment, argues Ryan Calo, a professor of law at the University of Washington, is the possible legal liability such openness would engender. People have come to expect their personal computers to sometimes act a bit buggy with third-party software, and as a consequence lawsuits are rare. But if personal robots ever went haywire, it’s likely that their owners would sue the manufacturer for damages.