This may not be the stupidest thing I’ve ever come across but it’s damn close. Too close for comfort, truth be told.
The next time you beat your keyboard in frustration, think of a day when it may be able to sue you for assault. Within 50 years we might even find ourselves standing next to the next generation of vacuum cleaners in the voting booth.
Far from being extracts from the extreme end of science fiction, the idea that we may one day give sentient machines the kind of rights traditionally reserved for humans is raised in a British government-commissioned report which claims to be an extensive look into the future.
Visions of the status of robots around 2056 have emerged from one of 270 forward-looking papers sponsored by Sir David King, the UK government’s chief scientist. The paper covering robots’ rights was written by a UK partnership of Outsights, the management consultancy, and Ipsos Mori, the opinion research organisation.
“If we make conscious robots they would want to have rights and they probably should,” said Henrik Christensen, director of the Centre of Robotics and Intelligent Machines at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Critical thinking this is not.
Quick, someone figure out which replicant the [Dim]ocrat Party will support for president in 2056?
I’m thinking Rep. Mohammad Automaton ([Dim]ocrat Silicon Valley) who runs on a platform of Social Security reform (Replicants to receive benefits), Nation Health Care (at Jiffy Lube) and elevating the ACLU from a private organization to a government Cabinet level post.
But I could be wrong.