Future of AI and Civil Rights

Dimas Sanchez

Are we there yet?

As seen in the link you viewed, people have been considering laws for AI since the 1940s back when the idea of living among robots was a fantasy. Think now to 2016 where the concept of robots living side by side with humans is not only very believable but inevitable. In recent year people have begun creating laws and rules robots but there a few things that don't seem right.
The main qualities of humans are:

  • A higher level of thinking
  • The way we interact with each other
  • Ability to adapt to our environment by transforming it
  • Dependence on other humans (social dependency)


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Limitations of AI

  • Built for a specific purpose
  • Can not physically adapt like humans
  • Repairing them involve methods that could be considered an invasion of privacy

The Future of AI

Soon AI will be fully capable of thinking and acting exactly like humans but by this point there will still be limitations in place that treat them like property. As time goes on the question will arise of "Is it ok to treat something so human like an object?"
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Is it justified?

Consider the following:

  • Who would decide what an AI's purpose would be?
  • If AI are more efficient and possibly more dangerous than humans at everything should their be limits in how they're designed or what they're allowed to do?
  • How can an AI reproduce?
  • Could an AI fall in love with a human and vice versa?
  • Should AI be designed with a limited lifespan?