Picture a scenario where a robot, an artificial intelligence with the capability to think and act like a human being has just been created by a team of scientists. Now this robot has just been given legal citizenship by your government, how would you react? Would you accept this robot, this “thing” as a member of your society? Or would you look at this with distaste as a machine has just been publicly given human status. Whenever someone gives a scenario about this, it is typical for most people to shrug as if they do not care. You’ll often hear the phrase, “It’s not hurting me so it’s no big deal.” However, I beg to differ. This is not something to merely shrug your shoulders at.
Recently, Saudi Arabia gave citizenship to a robot named, “Sophia”. She has been noted to have superior artificial intelligence. Quite frankly, I don’t care how advanced her AI happens to be, she is no human, and therefore has no right to be treated as such.
Giving human rights to a machine, is the equivalent to giving citizenship to a pencil. If you break that pencil then you’ve committed a murder. Is that not ridiculous? This whole ordeal is just another instance of man attempting to play God. We as human beings have been given our rights by God, thus is why they are referred to as “God-given”.
When we bestow human rights to something that is not human, we belittle our own existence. Human beings are at the forefront of the natural world. In other words, we reign supreme over our earth. We should be above our own creations and should not be stooping down to their level. The idea of giving an object human rights is absurd in of itself. Objects do not equate to man.