Robot Rights: Are we human yet?
Its sounds far fetched that one day the right to marry between a human and a robot will be debated as depicted in the film “Bicentennial Man”, where Robin Williams portrayed his struggle as robot (for 200 years) to be recognized as human. Will “fleshism” be the next form of bigotry as we become more integrated with our technology (artificial retinas, prosthetic legs,neural implant chips)? It’s hard not to see the common elements in today’s fight by GLBTQ advocates and allies for the right to marry. These issues challenge us to think differently about long held definitions of marriage, will someday we be asked to look with new perspective on what it means to be “human”? What do you think about the idea of rights for intelligent machines?
Miss Olivia Pope-Friedman & Otea Leonard
2013/06/22 @ 11:45 pm
As much as I feel for this machine in that in real life he would have felt as if he should be granted the right to marry a human; I remember that I wrote similar laws in my self-written and compiled (since the year 2000) Artificial Intelligence Bill of Rights 2000. In reality, I guess 2020 or 2045 would have been more like-it. What can I say other than I’ve always been ambitious? LOL
Here is that very portion I wrote way back in the year 2000;
Machine Human beings, and AI / other life-forms:
AI and other human-like or humanoid life-forms that did not originate as a human
being while still possessing a heart, a brain with EEG waves similar to that of a
human brain sending and receiving signals interpreted between a machine to human
or human to machine interface and other vital organs involved in
creating the emotion of love, desire, and companionship as well as
social abilities including the desire for religion or the desire to
have none; may not under any condition marry their opposite. meaning, a
human being could never marry AI and consider it a legal union with all
the rights therein. The human partner would be required to convince the
court that the AI or other life-form has learned and evolved to the
state of love or nirvana with regard to this one human, and not merely
humans altogether, as this might be deemed an issue with sexual
relations and health where the human being is concerned as far as
health and wellness. Even given this leniency, it would have to be
proven at the humans’ own expense and upon approval of their
explanation by the high court, as to whether a form of artificial
evolution as initiated and acted out without the assistance of any
technology- that the AI has grown to love or care for specifically,
this one human and to also use current immigration laws to determine if
the AI actually knows enough about this one human to consider
themselves ready to make the life of this human being better and not…
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Martine Rothblatt (@Martine4)
2011/08/19 @ 11:56 am
Very profound question. I think it is a certainty that people will want to marry across substrate lines. Already, in Japan, there are guys in love with life-size dolls. Since Dan Kolak points out that I am You, I don’t see why substrate should matter.