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Robot rights 1: Isaac Asimov’s Three Laws, fauxbots, whimpering miniature dinosaurs, and inherent or conferred personhood

If and when autonomous and intelligent robots come into existence, should they be granted rights, or even personhood?

If and when autonomous and intelligent robots come into existence, should they be granted rights, or even personhood? A growing number of technologists argue governments must lay out what status conscious and rational machines would have before they actually have been invented. But how can we decide what is and isn’t a person, and what rights and responsibilities such a thing should have? And how could this philosophical and technical debate affect our Christian beliefs on human uniqueness?

To go further on this topic, why not have a look at a multi-author book I co-edited last year called The Robot Will See You Now, which brought together Christian thinkers and writers to consider how the rise of robotics and AI might affect everything from the arts to healthcare.

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