In all I've got a pretty optimistic view on the future, and I hope we can "raise" our robots sensibly, with respect for natural and artificial life.
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Some of you guys think it's a clear cut answer without hesitation, but that may due to your inability to perceive what's coming in the not-too-distant future, or getting bogged down in semantics.
The human brain will be completely mapped and reconstructed in robotic form within the next 3 decades. Prior to that human augmentation will have become more commonplace, including nanites being injected into the bloodstream to combat disease. We will further progress towards the technological singularity where, much like the matrix, our consciousness can be uploaded into a server/machine somewhere. Once this happens there will be a blurring of where your humanity begins and ends.
I would guess that before we have to fully address the AI rights issue, we will be confronted with societal human/augmented human discrimination. That ruling would probably grant a better framework to the AI rights issue because it will give people the ability to look at it from a human-hybrid issue rather than just sentient machines. If you think what I'm talking about is all nonsense you should probably check out the documentary Transcendent Man on Ray Kurzweil. It's streamable on Netflix and it's got some interesting points on this subject matter.
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Althought it is just a game, Mass Effect 3 has touched this topic excellently (Geth and Quarains). I believe that if the AI is sentient then Yes it should have 'human' rights.
In my opinion, any who says a sentient being that is mechanical and not biological shouldn't deserve "human" rights is incredibly naive. If a being can think for itself, can act by itself and can understand things on the same level as a human, yet is of a different material make-up, it/he/she still deserves rights just any thing else should. Unfortunately it's pretty much garunteed that in many places if not everywhere they wouldn't. People would be incredibly afraid of a being like this, which in turn, not only denies it rights, but also alienates it further. Shame, since imo sentient AI is the future, it can't not be. Species evolve and adapt. Extremely advanced AI will be able to do the same, but better.
Hypothetically? No of course not! We still can't allow equal rights to all humans.
Also, if I had a Netflix subscription I would totally watch that, but alas, I do not.
IMO no because they shouldn't be programmed that far in the first place.
Futurama should NOT be what our planet (or rather universe in their case) looks like in 988 years or so.
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If the AI has 3 laws its a tool a machine we do not treat it equally, if your toaster started talking would but burned your toast would you never throw it out? for a more efficient toaster?
No. They do not. If they are given rights, what's to stop them for realizing that we are bad. With the Internet's knowledge they will realize that humans are a plague on earth, and need to be annihilated.
Yes we are, if we are able to create AI that intelligent they will realize that we are destroying the earth, and many other things.
Well if they could vote, they could mass produce themselves then win any vote they wanted to..