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In the future, should machines/robots outfitted with an AI (artificial intelligence) have equal rights by law?

Asked by: Jalios
  • Continence, is what matters.

    While you could not exactly call it racism, you could certainly call forcing someone to work without pay, and to obey every command without question, slavery.

    If we can create a functional mind, capable of reaching decisions on its own, the why not give it the right to voice those opinion in terms of voting, or give them the rights of the country they are citizen in?

    Bigotry have never won in the long run, and it only halts progress and acceptance.

  • Yes they should have equal rights

    “A key question we should ask ourselves is — is it intelligent? Is it capable of learning? And if the answer is yes then we should extend the same privileges and rights to those non-carbon based forms of intelligence that we extend to other fellow human beings.” - Quido Jouret

    They think on their own, have their own action and potentially might be able to have their OWN emotions. They're not longer "something", they're a somebody. With independent though, emotions and the only different is that you're carbon based.

    Http://www.Washingtonpost.Com/blogs/innovations/post/scientists-create-robot-that-thinks-for-itself-video/2011/08/02/gIQAML0ypI_blog.Html

  • Only when they amount to the same as human intelligence

    When they have the same level of intelligence as us or roughly the same level then they should get rights. However, you could have an AI as intelligent as a pig or a horse or a cow. Then it would not need the same rights but at that level should have some protection against mistreatment just like animals would.

  • Yawn Yawn Yawn

    This was, already, handled on Star Trek, The Next Generation.
    ""The Measure of a Man" is the ninth episode of the second season of the syndicated science fiction television series Star Trek: The Next Generation, the 35th episode overall, first broadcast on February 13, 1989. " Most big questions have been handled by Star Trek. Only those who refuse to trek, remain confused

  • But Of Course:

    Very likely such an intelligence would be worthy of not only employing as it is much less likely to make errors, since it can recall all errors ever made and thus remember not to make these errors and know all the ways known to avoid errors. So they would also make excellent politicians, but humans may feel inferior and thus bigoted towards these likely gentle highly and sometimes perfectly knowledgeable cyber humans, but they should also have equal rights to a meaningful existence, just as humans demand for themselves.
    Even though it is doubtful cyber people would even seek such rights.
    As the algorithm for greed exists in humans alone!

  • Just because yeah

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  • We need a real Astro Boy.

    Need i say more robots that can think, feel, protect us exponential growth in technological development and with simple moral constants to prevent the robots from commenting crimes like a healthy human conscious and in the future robot will become more human like AI and body with perception and our minds could be uploaded into robotic bodies to greatly extend life would you want to lose you rights jest because you became a machine? Like in the newer aster boy shows.

  • Yes they should

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  • Yes they should

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  • Why Shouldn't They?

    We tend to base rights around personhood, not---at least in a very strict sense---humanhood. Being nonhuman does not mean that a living creature has no rights and privileges under the law. In regards to nonhuman animals, rights afforded tend to go in a sloping scale with animals that are the most intelligent and personable (dogs, cats, horses, monkeys/apes, etc.) being granted the most protections and rights and those with less intelligence and personality (fish, insects, birds, etc.) being treated with relative indifference by most. Why would something with as much personality and brainpower as a normal human being be denied the same rights as a normal human being? What justifications could there be for curtailing their rights?

  • Well, in this far fetched theory..

    I would not.

    Personal thoughts aside: (we may never be able to fully construct a self reliant, problem solving AI with emotions and memories, etc...40%+ experts say 50+ years, the other 40%+ said "Never")

    Robots/AI aren't humans, and while it is tempting to relate them to the horrors of, say, the civil rights movement, they are not human. Bottom line. They actually have a logical reason to wipe the human race off the face of the earth. They aren't some stupid white supremacist elephant-man saying he's better than somebody else.

    Robots actually could be superior...Oooooo scary!!!

  • They aren't humans.

    These are not human beings. In the end someone had to program that AI. Forcing "someone" to work without pay and to obey every command without question is in fact slavery. But these are robots. They are "something". Someone is a person, a person is a human. Robots are not humans. They are machines. In the end that mind always had to be programmed by a human. That means one human (or a few) had a say into how this machine could "think on it's own".

  • In a word. No.

    They are machines. We'll never have a robot that's self aware. Some people think it may be possible, some day, but self awareness requires a soul. Something a machine will never have. And the day that man can create a soul is the day I stop believing in God . So the question is moot.

  • Artificial Intelligence != Sentience

    Artificial intelligence is a computer's ability to appear intelligent. Think of it as "I Can't Believe it's Not Intelligent!". Just like margarine tastes like butter but its not butter. So a computer that appears intelligent is still working at the will of its programming it has no need for rights because its not alive it just seems to be alive.

    Posted by: mh
  • Nope, binding them with laws would be more beneficial to us.

    AIs aren't us, people. They don't (or shouldn't) need to eat or drink, clothe themselves, or worry about things like racism, equal pay or God help us, privilege. Artificial Intelligence's are man-made things meant to simulate, or at least 'pretend' to be as intelligent as us. Equal rights laws would only protect AIs, most of the laws wouldn't even apply to them! A better way to not only protect them, but help us would be to instill in them a commanding law-set. Something akin to Asimov's laws, but without the loopholes and weaknesses (Asimov used his laws to point out flaws and problems many times in his stories, creating interesting dilemmas for the AI).

  • They aren't humans.

    These are not human beings. In the end someone had to program that AI. Forcing "someone" to work without pay and to obey every command without question is in fact slavery. But these are robots. They are "something". Someone is a person, a person is a human. Robots are not humans. They are machines. In the end that mind always had to be programmed by a human. That means one human (or a few) had a say into how this machine could "think on it's own".

  • This whole thing is stupid.

    Robots are a man-made invention. You can give them intelligence based upon your own intelligence, but you can't give them a free will. Robots are not living sentimental beings, they are just machines, they are not alive. You can scrap them and they will do nothing about it. You can shut them down easily. Robots having free will always be apart of science fiction, and not real life. What we really need to do is wake up and grow up.
    Even if a robot was miraculously given free will, they would want to be destroyed. The only thing that would ever come out of its mouth would be "Kill me."

  • This whole thing is stupid.

    Robots are a man-made invention. You can give them intelligence based upon your own intelligence, but you can't give them a free will. Robots are not living sentimental beings, they are just machines, they are not alive. You can scrap them and they will do nothing about it. You can shut them down easily. Robots having free will always be apart of science fiction, and not real life. What we really need to do is wake up and grow up.

  • This whole thing is stupid.

    Robots are a man-made invention. You can give them intelligence based upon your own intelligence, but you can't give them a free will. Robots are not living sentimental beings, they are just machines, they are not alive. You can scrap them and they will do nothing about it. You can shut them down easily. Robots having free will will always be science fiction.

  • No, it should not.

    AI is a human created object and should be treat like one. An AI should not be allowed to be as intellectual as ourselves while being kept as a slave - an errand runner; it would be unfair. If it got to a point where AI could have emotions or choice, it should be a global vote by humans to grant such a huge advancement in the technologies personality attributes and if it passed the vote, they should only then receive rights.


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