Should Robots Have the Same Basic Rights as Humans?
The plan by the European Commission to give robots legal status of “electronic person” is quite interesting. Imagine your car with rights.
I can just see this changing into something ambiguous, reaching the point where it gets out of control as more and more persons want to add to what is already there.
Over a hundred leading experts tried to talk some sense into the European Commission. These experts tried to show the extent to which creating legal personality for robots could go wrong.
“A growing number of areas of our daily lives are increasingly affected by robotics,” according to the report’s author, Luxembourgish MEP Mady Delvaux. “In order 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”
This is unbelievable! This is like watching a bunch of children trying to bring a toy to life, thinking that they could make it real.
Not everyone agrees with the European Commission on its plan.
“From an ethical and legal perspective, creating a legal personality for a robot is inappropriate”, according to scientists via a recent open letter.
Robots Should Serve Instead of Being Equals
As innovative as robots and artificial intelligence will be, humans, are the ones that should get full consideration. Robots and AI should be to serve mankind and not to be even close to being equal.
This is a slippery slope that they are going down. Soon robots and AI will be manipulated and eventually given a status that will eventually see human rights being violated.
I think some of these policymakers are watching a little too much television.
Why this nonsense of robots and AI having a personality? Since we are at it, allow oranges and peanuts to get a legal status of an organic person and call them smart food.
What Robots and AIs Should Have
- Robots and AIs should have all the basic rules of a car/street vehicle:
- Environmentally friendly as much as possible
- Not to be used to cause harm to any human (within reason)
- Have a user manual
- Manufacturers should be certified
- Should be added to a database for safety reasons
- Serve a legitimate purpose
Make robots and AIs identifiable and traceable so that they can be linked to their manufacturers for accountability purposes. Manufacturers should treat robots and AI as you would a wild animal (they have to be constantly monitored as they could malfunction and cause damage).
Like computers, robots and AIs may be vulnerable to being hacked and so they should be monitored and constantly secured against outside influence. Even humans can be brainwashed and caused to go outside of what is lawful.
I am honestly trying to get to understand the logic behind this move to give robots and AIs legal status as electronic persons. Is there more to this than meets the eye?