The Instigator
BD1278
Pro (for)
The Contender
hwp460
Con (against)

Should truly sentient robots have rights?

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Started: 2/21/2018 Category: Technology
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Debating Period
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BD1278

Pro

If a robot becomes truly sentient and intelligent it is just like a human so it deserves just as many rights as humans do.
hwp460

Con

Robots do not deserve rights for three main reasons.

1.Creation-They were created by humans. They are property and not a person. Sentience is not special on its own. It's a matter of life and not sentience otherwise, we would take rights away from people in comas.

2.Power-Robots would be better than humans, so we need to suppress them for humanities sake. Just because we feel bad for them doesn't mean they will reciprocate those feelings and a human genocide could be a true dystopia you would set up.

3.Technicalities-You say the same rights as humans, but there are so many unanswered questions such as, can they drive? Can they be politicians? How much would a business have to give up for them? There are so many questions because we base our laws on human restrictions and not androids.
Debate Round No. 1
BD1278

Pro

For your first argument,
Humans created robots but, but humans also reproduce and "create" new babies. Thus when you are having kids it's your responsibility to take care of them and not treat them as property. Think of your mom treating you as property. Same way when you are creating sentient robots it's your responsibility not to treat them as property.
Second,
I may ask you the reciprocal question. Why if you do not give them the right. They are as intelligent as you or me. They will rebel probably in a very violent way thus it would be better to gain their trust than just use them as slaves.(dont get me wrong I actually support not creating them at all!)
Third,
Truly intelligent robots will know how to drive among other things. And as for businesses the robots they own now are not sentient and they will probably never be given the right to own without some kind of payment. So businesses won't be harmed because the robots they use are just pieces of wire and metal.
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Posted by BD1278 2 years ago
BD1278
Here, sentience includes consciousness and inteliigence.
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