Scholars delve deep into “Robot Rights” debate

Dec 25, 2017, 7:14 AM EST
(Source: ITU Pictures/flickr)
(Source: ITU Pictures/flickr)

As artificial intelligence progressively breathes elements of emotions and consciousness in modern machines, philosophers and scholars focus on an intriguing subject – should robots be given some sort of rights?

In the journey from “something” to “someone,” the autonomous, self-aware machines may not need human rights but at least the “right to continued existence” could mark a beginning for them, notes Futurism.  

Developments, such as the EU MEPs’ recognition of robots as “electronic persons” and Saudi Arabia’s step of granting citizenship to robot Sophia, are being viewed as first strides towards a future where machines will enjoy a status close to humans if not exactly the same, notes Tech World