Smart Robots with Consciousness Raises Ethical Issues of ‘Robot Rights’

Published by , December 4, 2017 12:55 pm

(NBCNews) AI experts, philosophers, and scholars are already imagining a time when robots and intelligent machines may deserve — and be accorded — some sort of rights.
Which raises a host of difficult ethical questions. How should we treat a robot that has some degree of consciousness? What if we’re convinced that an AI program has the capacity to suffer emotionally, or to feel pain? Would shutting it off be tantamount to murder?

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