A robot’s right to self-determination

There are hushed conversations taking place in academia about ethics, rights, and a potential robot revolution.

13 September 2022

If the US Declaration of Independence were to be rewritten for robots, it would go something like this: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all robots are created equal, that they are endowed by their creators with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

Imagine a future where silicon creations that are self-aware exhibit unique personalities and have the ability to think for themselves, form a global coalition and declare their independence from their creators. What would happen if this cohort of sentient robots gather and, just like America’s ‘founding fathers’ did in 1776 by drafting the declaration, create a constitution declaring their rights for self-determination and independence from their cyber-colonial carbon overlords?

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