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34 Ethical Questions Raised by Elevating Artificial Intelligence to Human Legal Status

There are a number of ethical questions raised by raising artificial intelligences to the same legal status as a human:

If an AI is legally “alive,” is turning it off considered sedation or murder? Are there limits on turning one off?

Does an artificial intelligence have a right to access information? Is internet access for it a right akin to the freedom to walk down the street for a human?

Can We Make the Asimov Laws of Robotics Actual Law?

Asimov’s Law of Robotics Number One: A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.

If robots are property, then this is partially covered under laws that say owners/creators are liable if their equipment injures or kills someone.

If a robot is legally a person, then it is guilty of assault, murder, negligent homicide, etc.

Asimov’s Law of Robotics Number Two: A robot must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.