Thursday, August 7, 2014

Danger, Will Robinson! Coeur d'Alene Prepares Pro-Robot Legislation

Posted By on Thu, Aug 7, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Has it really come to this?  The city of Coeur d'Alene is on track to become the first city in the U.S. to pass pro-robot legislation.

This morning's Coeur d'Alene Press reports that the city attorney's office has been busy crafting an ordinance that encourages robot research and development.

"What we really want to do is make it clear that robots are authorized on public property under certain conditions and must be operated pursuant to any signage or any other direction from city council or city staff," said City Attorney Mike Gridley.

The ordinance comes in anticipation of the Friday, Aug. 15, "Think Big Festival," which will host a panel of robotics experts from all over the world.

"We can give it a go," said Councilman Ron Edginger. "What the hell; we can always say no later."

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