According to the Declaration of Independence, the basic human rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are God-given.
Saudi Arabia, a country not known for progressive women's rights, recently granted the female robot Sophia citizenship. The company behind Sophia has capitalized on this opportunity, as Sophia has become an advocate for women's rights.
As Sophia doesn't have any "rights" herself, does it make sense for her to be advocating for the rights of others? At a more basic and perhaps pressing level, with the increase in robots and AI around us, should we consider granting robots rights? Some argue that this ought to be an open question, to be revisited with real sentience in robots. Others argue that robots don't have free will, simply doing what they've been designed to do by human programmers, and thus don't need rights or citizenship.
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We shouldn't be mean to animals. Is that because animals have rights, like people do? Or is it just because people care about animals? Is it intrinsically worse to step on dog than on a spider?
Smart TVs, refrigerators, cars, and houses—the internet of things refers to the networking of all the devices in our lives, as they gather data and interact with one another, apparently to make our