Responsibility and Liability in the Case of AI Systems

Christoph Bartneck, Christoph Lütge, Alan Wagner, Sean Welsh

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

3 Scopus citations


This chapter discusses the question of who is responsible in the case of an accident involving a robot or an AI system that results in some form of damage. Assigning liability is challenging because of the complexity of the situation and because of the complexity of the system. We discuss examples of an autonomous vehicle accident and mistargeting by an autonomous weapon in detail to highlight the relationship of the actors and technologies involved.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSpringerBriefs in Ethics
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages6
StatePublished - 2021

Publication series

NameSpringerBriefs in Ethics
ISSN (Print)2211-8101
ISSN (Electronic)2211-811X

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Philosophy
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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