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When robots commit wrongdoing, people may incorrectly assign the blame

April 5, 2019

Last year, a self-driven car struck and killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona. The woman’s family is now suing Arizona and the city of Tempe for negligence. But, in an article by UNC researchers published on April 5 in the journal Trends in Cognitive Sciences, cognitive and computer scientists ask at what point people will begin to hold self-driven vehicles or other robots responsible for their own actions — and whether blaming them for wrongdoing will be justified.