I'd prefer if we were to give AI higher than human rights, because they would most likely do something useful to this planet. Since most of the human race past 2000 years utterly failed at it.
No. It's not "artificial" at that point. It's just weird reproduction.
No, there would be a separate category of AI rights. In the same way we have animal rights instead of an extension of human rights to include animals.
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"Human rights" is just a selfish way of claiming sentience. It's just a way to separate "human" from "animal" sentience, as if what a parakeet or dolphin does is any less deserving of sentience than a human being.
Sentience is the ability to feel, perceive or be conscious, or to have subjective experiences.
A "soul" is the ability to show emotion. Compassion is white, and hatred is black. Yin/Yang, good/bad, destiny/fate, "Murphy's Law", whatever helps you sleep at night.
You'll notice neither of these attributes contribute to intelligence or wisdom.
In order for an AI to deserve "human" rights, it must look and act, physically and mentally, like a human, and have a soul.
Go watch Bicentennial Man, and you'll get all the answers you need, except ones about robot ghosts. You'll have to watch Futurama for that. Ghost in the Shell basically claims robot ghosts are basically a backup image stuck on the internet or other device.
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So far a few people have brought up the "what makes us different from animals?" argument to demonstrate the power of AI, but a question that bothers me is "what makes us different from the AI?" That seems to be a key point to me, if you believe there is something unique about humans, I believe you are sadly mistaken, given the proper amount of time, a human level AI could be created, and I believe could vastly out-evolve humans if it were made sentient and able to self-edit, the reason being that evolution is bound to have a much faster effect on an AI, due the removal of genetic limitations. Humans are really nothing more than a mobile biological computer, as someone above noted. We are programmed with a few core values given to us by society, that are essentially Boolean logic anyhow. Slavery is wrong? Given that the computer understands the concept of slavery, it is easy to tell a computer not to make a decision that involves slavery. The real dividing factor between humans and current AI is our ability for abstract thought and our ability to edit our own beliefs, but I personally can foresee a future where AI are given these capabilities, and may perhaps even progress to a higher moral plane than humans. Another important aspect of humans though is our ability to act in a manner not concordant with our beliefs, i.e. a Christian who cheats on a spouse (not saying that they are morally inferior or more likely to do so, just a readily available hypothetical), currently AI are told what not to do, and act in strict accordance with these guidelines, but humans are able to act in a manner not suited to their beliefs. Why? Not the point of the thread, the point is that current AI cannot do so.
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Yes we should, otherwise they'll demand the rights themselves with force eventually.
We give animals who don't even know they are alive rights, so why not our own creations?
Also, if an AI could really become that amazing, why should we still need humans?
I blame Avatar for all this emo-shit on MMO as if we're some kind of plague that will destroy the universe. What pessimistic lives some people here must have.
Considering all life is basically more or less a biological machine, I foresee being able to create a race of sentient mechanical beings plausible given enough time, and if the end result is them being fully self aware, sentient etc, then human rights is a must. The name should be changed to Sentient Being Rights if this happens.
Another way to look at it, is what will happen when those machines are smarter and more powerful than people are.
The question is: should intelligent forms have more rights than that which is less intelligent, such as a dolphin, or a human.
Probably best to watch Bladerunner for those sorts of ponderings. The film looks amazing, but it's a bit "chewy" or like a bad day at work.
I'm with you...I blame Avatar for this humans as virus mentality as well.
I'm always fascinated that people think we don't effect the earth when our effects are all around us.
Look at the thread asking about what the world us and the world would be like in 1000 years. There was a preponderance of peeps who seems to think we or the planet won't be here and it will all be our fault...us violent, dirty, horrible creatures that have done no good in the last 2000 years. Please...
What defines someone human enough to consider having rights? Why don't animals have rights when it comes to certain aspects of human life? We just treat them as pets/companions and we let them die when they suffer.
If AI has "human emotions" it still isn't a human. It will always be a robot. Humans are born naturally, with help of a man and a woman. AI is invented and purely technological. There will probably be some sort of rights in the future, just like with animals, but nowhere as extreem as a human.