Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems

, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp 87–103

Liability for Autonomous Agent Design

  • Carey Heckman
  • Jacob O. Wobbrock

DOI: 10.1023/A:1010087325358

Cite this article as:
Heckman, C. & Wobbrock, J.O. Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (1999) 2: 87. doi:10.1023/A:1010087325358


Though exciting scientifically, autonomous agent design can result in legal liability. This paper surveys those legal concerns, focusing on issues arising from the unique qualities of agents not found in conventional software. Informed designers can more effectively reduce their liability exposure and influence emerging agent liability law and policies.

legal liability design adaptivity anthropomorphism autonomy adaptivity strict liability negligence misrepresentation 

Copyright information

© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Carey Heckman
    • 1
  • Jacob O. Wobbrock
    • 2
  1. 1.Stanford Law School, Crown QuadrangleStanford
  2. 2.Stanford Symbolic Systems ProgramStanford

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