AI Civil Rights: Addressing Artificial Intelligence and Robot Rights

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Should artificial intelligence be granted civil rights? Is an AI civil rights movement on the horizon? Let's explore the possibilities of granting or denying artificial intelligence the rights enjoyed by US citizens. Decide for yourself if AI should be considered 'people', and whether or not they should be granted their own rights. More

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About Jason P Doherty

Jason is the maternal grandson of German rocket scientist Wernher von Braun's mathematician assistant, Harry H Merrywell, who was U.S. Navy, U.S. Army Technical Team Chief Warrant Officer 2, and fought in World War II and the Korean War.

Notable collaborations include Industrial Records founder and cultural pioneer Genesis P-Orridge, Invisible Records founder Martin Atkins, actor Thomas W. Ashworth, (L.A. Law, Criminal Minds) and avant gard artist Steven Johnson Leyba. Jason is also a sometime musician, and enjoys playing Stratocasters.

Since 2007, Jason has written several interesting books, including A.I. Civil Rights, the seminal text on the subject. His newest work is a theory on attaining near-light speed travel using electromagnetism, superconductors, and particle accelerator technology.

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James Jenkins reviewed on Oct. 23, 2018

I read 21% before putting this down. It is dry read, and nothing new or original is offered.
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Mike White reviewed on May 28, 2017

This is an interesting piece, although it's more of a philosophical piece than a political one. It's certainly great to see some futurism on Smashwords.

This piece asks a lot of questions and gives comparatively few answers, so people can ask the questions themselves. I have my own answers to many of these questions: I certainly agree that true AI should be granted personhood and all that this implies.

I completely disagree with the idea that immortal beings somehow don't count as alive because you don't count as alive unless you eventually die. Still, other readers will answer these and other questions in their own ways.

Discrimination against AI will be different from discrimination that exists in the past and present, however. Many forms of modern discrimination are systemic and have a lot of history behind them. AI will be new and unprecedented. It's hard to truly imagine what will happen.
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James Hold reviewed on May 21, 2017

Why not wait until such AI entities actually exist before we get on these soapboxes? This is jumping the gun on something that may never happen.
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