This is so ridiculous. Ethical guidelines are being drafted to protect humans from robot abuse and robots from human abuse. First, robots are inanimate objects. I don’t care how sophisticated or “intelligent” they become, they could no more be abused than my vacuum cleaner or the Dell computer on which I am writing this post. Sophisticated processing of information is not the same thing as becoming a “being.” Even the most sophisticated robots will always be inanimate.
The story also contains this point: Other bodies are also thinking about the robotic future. Last year a UK government study predicted that in the next 50 years robots could demand the same rights as human beings. If robots could really become so elevated that they would “demand rights,” there is a simple solution: Don’t construct them! We have choices in this regard. Because we can do something–highly doubtful in this matter–that doesn’t mean we should to it.
Why don’t these people tackle real problems?