A river in New Zealand was just granted human rights to protect it from pollution

A river in New Zealand was just granted human rights to protect it from pollution

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In an age where environmental destruction is still commonplace a river in New Zealand is about to reap the benefits of being given the same rights as a human being.   In a world first, and in an age where we are beginning to grant...

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China vows to replace 67,000 taxis with electric vehicles

China vows to replace 67,000 taxis with electric vehicles

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Many cities around the world, including London, are struggling with high pollution levels which affect the health of their citizens, Beijing’s new mandate will help alleviate it.   Many people think that taxis are a bane, and depending on where you live many of them...

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So long Asimov’s Laws, say hello to the 23 Laws of Robotics

So long Asimov’s Laws, say hello to the 23 Laws of Robotics

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Whether they’re hardware based, or software based, machines are getting increasingly capable, creative, intelligent and resilient – and that has experts worried, so now they’ve created a new set of laws to try to guide the technology’s development and trajectory.   Ever since people first...

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Europe will debate robot rights, ethics and AI kill switches in February

Europe will debate robot rights, ethics and AI kill switches in February

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Machines are increasingly becoming autonomous and intelligent and it’s one of the greatest dangers humanity has ever faced, later this year law makers in Europe will finally determine how we govern, monitor, manage and tax them in order to minimise the damage to society.  ...

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Robots to get legal recognition as Europe votes to classify them as ‘Electronic persons’

Robots to get legal recognition as Europe votes to classify them as ‘Electronic persons’

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The move by the EU to classify robots as “Electronic persons” is a watershed moment. It signifies a significant attitude shift in policy and the way that new robo-systems are viewed, and paves the way for new laws and new regulations.   With robots and...

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