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Will robots have same rights as humans?

Published:Wednesday | January 25, 2017 | 1:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

I heard a very interesting news item on the BBC some time ago. It would seem that the European Parliament is working on new laws that will give robots the same legal status as humans.

But what will it really mean to give robots, with artificial intelligence, of course, the same legal status as humans? Plenty! Obviously, the Europeans expect the arrival of the day when robots will have both responsibilities and rights.

 

THE FUTURE

 

For starters, one would imagine that the laws that the Europeans are planning to create (or change) will allow robots to be sued. So, if a robot is doing a job for someone, and for whatever reason, that person decides to sue, the maker of the robot will no longer be liable. Imagine dragging a robot to court!

Will the day come when robots will even be able to be adopted or even adopt humans? Indeed, will the day come when humans will be able to have sexual relations with robots or even marry them?

MICHAEL A. DINGWALL

michael_a_dingwall@hotmail.com