Giving rights to robots is a dangerous idea


    The EU’s lawful issues board of trustees is strolling blindfold into a bog on the off chance that it conceives that “electronic personhood” will shield society from advancements in AI (Give robots ‘personhood’, say EU advisory group, 13 January). The similarity with corporate personhood is shocking, as this has not secured society by and large, but rather permitted proprietors of organizations to advance their own particular advantages – witness the case of the Citizens United development in the US, where corporate personhood has been utilized as an instrument for organizations to meddle in the appointive procedure, on the premise that an enterprise has an indistinguishable ideal to free discourse from a natural individual.6

    Electronic personhood will ensure the interests of a couple, to the detriment of the numerous. When guidelines of mechanical personhood are distributed, the makers of AI gadgets will “alter” their machines to take the fullest preferred standpoint of this open door – not on account of these individuals are detestable but rather in light of the fact that that is a piece of the rationale of any business action.

    Similarly as corporate personhood has been utilized as a part of ways that its unique defenders never expected, so the conceding of “rights” to robots will have outcomes that we can’t completely anticipate – to take only two as a matter of fact cutting edge cases, how might we deny an advanced robot the privilege to take an interest in societal basic leadership, ie to vote? Furthermore, on what premise would we be able to deny a clever machine the privilege to sit on a jury?

    Paul Griseri

    La Genetouze, France