With all of these technological advances, it's good that at least somebody out there is looking out for the robot apocalypse -- and trying to pump the brakes. Lawmakers in the European Parliament are now asking for manufacturers of any type of synthetic worker to include automatic "kill switches" to stop them from causing accidental -- or intentional -- damage.
Joking aside about the killer robot revolution which is absolutely coming, the lawmakers have also proposed insurance for synthetic workers. No, not to stop them from getting sick, but in the event that a robot inadvertently causes injury to another worker or damage to a company's property. As part of this, robots would have to be designated as "synthetic persons," and might also have some sort of taxes associated with them.
Whether or not the robopocalypse ultimately hits, it is nice to see that at least some places around the world are trying to be forward thinking about this issue. Workers are going to start being replaced sooner than people realize by their synthetic counterparts -- some estimates place that number being as high as 20 million workers in the next 5 years, or 6% of the American workforce.
So yeah, maybe a good idea to put those kill switches on, especially if that robot revolution starts coming for our jobs.