Robots, Liability and Personhood | Lamiroy Consulting Blog. It is a slippery slope we are traveling down. This bar exam question is supposed to be answered as a product liability question. Making a defective machine that injures or kills another carries a legal responsibility for damages for the injury or the wrongful death. However, as Artificial Intelligence advances, and robots are capable of making decisions based upon sensed variables (in other words, become more human like), at what point does the proximate cause shift from the maker to the product? Or, should there be strict liability for anyone who creates or manufactures robots, in the same vein as the dangerous instrumentality doctrine? Again, it depends on whether the dangerous instrumentality acquires consciousness. And you thought that lawyers would become obsolete. Oh, foolish human.