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Skype's Homeland Grapples With Dilemma of Robot as Legal Person

  • Estonia drafting law to stay among pioneers in automation
  • Regulations already in place for driverless parcel delivery
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Estonia, the country which helped create Skype and hosts NATO’s cyber-defense center, is also trying to stay ahead of the pack in regulating robotics.

The Economy Ministry is working on legislation that would address the status of artificial intelligence in legal disputes, said Siim Sikkut, the official in charge of the government’s IT strategy. One proposal under consideration would create the term "robot-agent," which would be somewhere between having a separate legal personality and an object that is someone else’s property.