Sentient Rights

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Sentient Rights

  • Pierce Harper

    Right now we call them human rights, but what of the first Artificial General Intelligence to be made? It will be capable of rational though, it will make decisions, it will have wants and needs.

    I think rights should apply to all sentient beings. An artificial general intelligence may not be a homo sapien, but anything capable of rational thought and creation should be considered human.

    So, what do you think? Do AGIs have the same rights as us? Why or why not?

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    • B.K. Marcus

      This question was what made me a philosophy major. It grew out of arguments between my friend (who did not want to grant rights to AGIs) and me (who did).

      I wrote about it here:

      https://web.archive.org/web/20090107043307/http://www.bkmarcus.com/docs/brchange.html

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      Don Stacy

      I agree that the capacity for reason is what distinguishes rights-bearing beings from non-rights-bearing beings.  Thus, any being, whether made of silicon or gold or carbon, with the minimum mental capacity required to employ reason has rights.  AGI, as described by Pierce, will have rights.

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