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 Autonomous tech 'requires debate'

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Date posted: 22/08/2009

The coming age of lorries that drive themselves or robots that perform surgery is fraught with legal and ethical issues, says a new UK report. The Royal Academy of Engineering says that automated freight transport could be on the roads in just 10 years' time.

Also, it says, robotic surgery will begin to need less human intervention.

But it suggests that much debate is needed to address the ethical and legal issues raised by putting responsibility in the hands of machines.

"We're all used to automatic systems - lifts, washing machines. We're talking about levels above that," said Lambert Dopping-Heppenstal of the Academy's engineering ethics working group. "It's about systems that have some level of self-determination."

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