Robot accidents: who pays the medical bills? Le Figaro considers the need for clarity around legal responsibilities when things go wrong, in light of a forthcoming EU directive. (Le Figaro, 29 November).
Which way up is ‘up’?: Research from the University of Aix Marseiile/CNRS (France) and TU Delft (Netherlands) has led to a new theory about how flying insects sense their ‘attitude’ (how to tell which way up is ‘up’). This could assist in the development of drone autonomy (Nature magazine, reported by TU Delft, 19 October).
Robotics firms sign ‘no harm’ pledge: The Guardian (6 October) reported that several robotics producers had signed an open letter pledging not to add weapons to their general purpose robots.