Robots are starting to break the law


As part of an art exhibition in Zurich, an automated online shopping bot is tasked with buying a random item each week on the deep web to the value of $100 in bitcoins.

Along the way it purchases ecstasy pills and a fake passport.

If this bot was shipping to the U.S., asks Forbes contributor and University of Washington law professor contributor Ryan Calo, who would be legally responsible for purchasing the goodies? The coders? Or the bot itself?

Interesting reading, especially as it relates to ‘art’ and the legal immunity art may provide.

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By Craig Bailey