Should the creation challenge a cruel creator?
Over at pleaseconvinceme, Apologist Al made the following comment in a discussion about whether humans have the right to call god on his crap –
“Do you think the pot has a “right” to challenge the potter? Should a robot have a moral basis to complain about its working conditions? Or why its creator does not work in the same way?”
The answer is very simple, and blindingly obvious to anyone with a shred of humanity. When we finally create genuine artificial intelligence then these rights will need considering, and codifying. In fact they’ve already been discussed in some circles –
So, to answer Al’s question, yes, the sentient robot has absolutely every right to expect to be treated like any other sentient being, even by its creator….especially by its creator.
It’s going to happen, probably in our lifetime. The next sentient species to arise on Earth won’t be an evolved organic, it’ll be the offspring of man, a sentient computer which will have just as much right to freedom as you or I.
The fact that humans realise this shows just how far we’ve come from our Bronze and Iron Age infatuations with gods….if only people like Al could see that.