Should sentient AI eventually be given ‘human’ rights?

The advancement of artificial intelligence may lead to sentient machines being granted ‘human’ rights, Oxford University professor for the public understanding of science, Marcus du Sautoy, has said. Speaking at The Hay Literary Festival (via The Telegraph), Sautoy said: “It’s getting to a point where we might be able to say this thing has a sense of itself and maybe there is a threshold moment where suddenly this consciousness emerges. One of the things I address in my new book is how can you tell whether my smartphone will ever be conscious. “The fascinating thing is that consciousness for a decade has been something that nobody has gone anywhere near because we didn’t know how to measure it. But we’re in a golden age. It’s a bit like Galieo with…


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