It is not just hit TV shows like "Humans" that are exploring what a world full of robots will mean for all of us, now European politicians are voting on whether robots should be given a status as “electronic persons” and if androids and bots need a "kill switch".
Ahead of the futuristic vote in the European Parliament, Essex MEP Alex Mayer will meet a robot, along with cyber experts at the University of Essex in Colchester.
Professor Huosheng Hu, Professor Simon Lucas, Professor Andrew Le Sueur and Professor Noam Lubell from the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering and the School of Law will discuss the legislation with Ms Mayer.
Hot topics include to what extent the owners of robots can be held legally responsible for the actions of their machine if the robot has been programmed to learn by itself and do robots need a kill switch if they go out of control.
Labour MEP Ms Mayer said “What was science fiction is rapidly becoming science fact. As the technology moves quickly, it is important that legislation keeps up. That is why I am so pleased to have been invited to the University of Essex to see the cutting edge of robotic design and talk to the experts in this field.”