'A Certain Dangerous Engine': Private Security Robots, Artificial Intelligence, and Deadly Force
17 Pages Posted: 6 Oct 2017
Date Written: October 5, 2017
Robots equipped with artificial intelligence will transform existing notions of work in fields as diverse as fast food, health care, manufacturing and the military. A recent use of a remote controlled robot equipped with lethal force has raised the question of how police might use robots to supplement or replace existing police work. Those same questions apply equally to private individuals who will want security robots, some of which are already in development and for lease. What about a future in which people employ autonomous and lethally armed security robots for protecting their homes and themselves? How would courts characterize security robots? One possibility involves spring guns. While spring guns may not ultimately be well suited as a way to discuss security robots, it turns out that many of the questions considered in the spring gun cases may begin the framework that courts will have to develop as robots enter the security business.
Keywords: Police, Robots, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Big Data, Criminal Justice, Fourth Amendment, Algorithm, Private Security, Private Policing
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