Thinking and Feeling Robots Should Not Be Given Equal Rights as Humans.

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ANTI: Thinking and feeling robots should not be given equal rights as humans. Objection 1: Thinking and feeling robots should be given equal rights as humans because our actions towards non-humans reflect our morality — if we treat non-humans in inhumane ways, we become inhumane persons. Objection 2: Thinking and feeling robots should be given equal rights as humans because we can compare a human brain to a computer brain thus humans and computers can be equally creative. The line between creator and creation has gotten blurrier lately, thanks to sophisticated robots that are smart enough to invent technologies of their own. Today's robots can identify problems, review existing options, design new alternatives, test them all theoretically, and determine the most effective and robust solutions. A robot is a mere creation, the product of analysis and design by a creative intelligence greater than it. True, a robot can invent, and is brilliant at that, but its scope is limited, its intelligence is artificial, its personality is vacuous, and its circuitry is simplistic. And besides, the very tasks robots have been connected from the beginning to perform are the very tasks it falsely takes pride in. If anyone deserves the credit, it is the creative genius that made the creative genius robots are. Computerworld has a story questioning whether or not the robots that will be increasingly life-like and omnipresent in our lives will attain the kind of rights we afford animals. If you're like me, your gut reaction may have been to disagree in giving robots rights of their own. But based on a paper by Kate Darling that our actions towards non-humans reflect our morality — if we treat non-humans in inhumane ways, we become inhumane persons. My answer to this is yes, our values are reflected in the way we treat some non-humans, but there seems to be a vast difference between organic life and cognitive devices. Robots, after all, are not life, or at least not organic life....
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