Nine key legal cases about robots, and the messy legal future of robotic devices

"Robot legal theorist Ryan Calo writes, "I thought you might enjoy my new paper, canvassing decades of American case law involving robots. Courts have had to decide, for instance, whether a robot represents something 'animate,' whether the robot band at Chuckie Cheese 'performs,' and whether a salvage crew 'possesses' a ship wreck by visiting it with a robot sub."

I've written previously about the problem of regulating robots separately from regulating computers and computation. Calo's survey of nine key cases shows just how thorny the question can be."