Thursday, June 23, 2016
RIGHTS FOR ROBOTS: EU reveals plans for new class of electro-person
BRUSSELS bureaucrats are considering transferring human rights to robots if artificial intelligence (AI) becomes so powerful that droids end up thinking for themselves.
Ahead of today's historic "in/out" vote for Britain, it has emerged the EU wants to introduce laws specific to robots that could give them civil rights regulations of they own, and see limits on how many jobs they could replace from humans.
In scenes that could have come from the sic-fi novels of Isaac Asimov nearly 70 years ago, a recommendation of the European Parliament to the EU Commission has suggested in the future sentient AI robots could need their own rights and responsibilities, and strict laws banning them from taking over too many jobs across the Continent may become necessary.
In the 1950s Asimov predicted robots would eventually have to adhere to laws, because the potential of what could develop from a combination of sophisticated mechanism, androids with human features, and artificial intelligence (AI) was too dangerous.
But, it appears Brussels bureaucrats fear this fiction will become a reality and the report has even considered including a "new robot category next to natural and lawful people: the electronic person".
The report suggests AI could "surpass human intelligence within a few decades".
Some members of European Parliament fear that without the controls humans may no longer be in charge of their own fate.
If Asimov's predictions are being followed by the EU leaders, then a blueprint already exists.
The author already outlined the "three laws of robotics" in his novel, that inspired Hollywood Blockbuster I Robot in 2004.
Credit to Express.co.uk