Is It Wrong To Give Rights To AI?

The technology is constantly growing, and it’s not even a matter of time when we’ll see the first robots constructed. They are here! Many hi-tech companies, especially in Asia, have been developing artificial intelligence over the last few years. Needless to say, the improvement and the leap forward are incredible. We now have robots that cook, clean, can make a joke, or even console their owners after a bad breakup. However, one question remains unanswered – Should we give them citizen rights?

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This never-ending debate is going to last for some time because there are many different opinions on this hot subject. Granting rights to robots will have consequences that we’re unable to predict. However, if we prepare ourselves well, we shouldn’t have a problem.

The European Parliament approved a set of regulations to control the creation and use of AI with an included “electronic personhood.” The author of the report, Mady Delvaux said –

“A growing number of areas of our daily lives are increasingly affected by robotics. To address this reality and to ensure that robots are and will remain in the service of humans, we urgently need to create a robust European legal framework”.

However, we’re sure that electronic personhood will protect the interests of few, at the expense of many. As soon as the regulations go through and rules get published, the designers of AI will simply adjust their machines and (ab)use the newly voted regulation. This move doesn’t mean these people are evil; it’s simply a logical thing to do for any commercial activity.

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The humanity has come to the point of no return when it comes to AI development. There’s nothing we can do to stop this trend. However, we are still the superior ones, and as such, we need to find a universal way of controlling this technology. Numerous questions come to mind such as:

  • Do we let them vote?
  • Could we deny an intelligent machine the right to sit on a jury?
  • Can it raise our children and act as a substitute for a babysitter?

These crucial questions will be left unanswered for some time, but we need to start thinking about them in advance. When the moment comes, if we’re not ready, it’s going to be too late. Would you let an AI raise your child? Would you let it vote? Think about it.

Peter Daniels

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