Do Robots Deserve Rights? What if Machines Become Conscious?

by birtanpublished on September 26, 2020

Imagine a future where your toaster anticipates what kind of toast you want during the day it scans the internet for new and exciting types of toast maybe it asks you about your day and wants to chat about new achievements in toast technology at what level would it become

A person at which point will you ask yourself if your toaster has feelings if it did would unplugging it be murder and would you still own it will we someday be forced to give our machines rights ai is already all around you

It makes your discounters are stocked with enough snacks it serves you up just the right internet ad and you may have even read a new story written entirely by a machine right now we look at chat BOTS like Siri and laugh at their

Primitive simulated emotions but it's likely that we will have to deal with beings that make it hard to draw the line between real and simulated humanity are there any machines in existence that deserve rights most likely not yet but

If they come we are not prepared for it much of the philosophy of rights is ill-equipped to deal with the case of artificial intelligence most claims for rights with a human or animal are centred around the question of

Consciousness unfortunately nobody knows what consciousness is some think that it's immaterial others say it's a state of matter like gas or liquid regardless of the precise definition we have an intuitive knowledge of consciousness

Because we experience it we're aware of ourselves and our surroundings and know what unconsciousness feels like some neuro scientists believe that any sufficiently advanced system can generate consciousness and so if your

Toasters Hardware was powerful enough it may become self-aware if it does would it deserve right well not so fast with what we define as rights make sense to it consciousness entitles beings to have rights because it gives up being the

Ability to suffer it means the ability to not only feel pain but to be aware of it robots don't suffer and they probably won't unless we program them to without pain or pleasure there's no preference and rights are

Meaningless our human rights are deeply tied to our own programming for example we dislike pain because our brains evolved to keep us alive to stop us from touching a hot fire or to make us run away from predators so we came up with

Rights that protect us from infringement that causes pain even more abstract rights like freedom are rooted in the way our brains are wise to detect what is fair and unfair what a toaster that is unable to move mind being locked in a

Cage would it mind being dismantled if it had no fear of death would it mind being insulted if it had no need for self esteem but what if we programmed a robot to feel pain and emotions to prefer justice

Over injustice pleasure over pain and be aware of it would that make them sufficiently human many technologists believe that an explosion in technology will occur when artificial intelligence can learn and create their own

Artificial intelligences even smarter than themselves at this point the question of how robots are programmed will be largely out of our control what if an artificial intelligence found it necessary to

Program the ability to feel pain just as evolutionary biology found it necessary in most living creatures do robots deserve those rights but maybe we should be less worried about the risk that super intelligent robots pose to us and

More worried about the danger we pose to them our whole human identity is based on the idea of human exceptionalism that we are special unique snowflakes entitled to dominate the natural world humans have a history of denying that

Other beings are capable of suffering as they do in the midst of the Scientific Revolution many tcard argued that animals were mayor automata robots if you will as such injuring a rabbit was about as morally repugnant as punching a

Stuffed animal and many of the greatest crimes against humanity were justified by their perpetrators on the grounds that the victims were more animal than civilized human even more problematic is that we have an economic interest in

Denying robot right if we can coerce a sentient AI possibly through programmed torture into doing as we please the economic potential is unlimited we've done it before after all violence has been used to force our fellow humans

Into working and we've never had trouble coming up with an ideological justifications slave-owners argued that slavery benefited the slaves it put a roof over their head and taught them Christianity

Men who were against women voting argued that it was in woman's own interest to leave the hard decisions to men farmers argued that looking after animals and feeding them justifies their early death for our dietary preferences if robots

Become sentient there will be no shortage of arguments for those who say that they should remain without rights especially from those who stand to profit from it artificial intelligence raises serious questions about

Philosophical boundaries what we may ask if sentient robots are conscious or deserving of Rights it forces us to pose basic questions like what makes us human what makes us deserving of rights regardless of what we think the question

Might need to be resolved in the near future what are we going to do with robots start demanding their own rights what can robots demanding rights teach us about ourselves our friends at wisecrack made a video exploring this

Very question using the philosophy of Westworld wisecrack dissects pop culture in a unique and philosophical way click here to check out their video and subscribe to their Channel

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