The research suggests that at some point in the next 20 to 50 years robots could be granted rights.
If this happened, the report says, the robots would have certain responsibilities such as voting, the obligation to pay taxes, and perhaps serving compulsory military service.
Conversely, society would also have a duty of care to their new digital citizens, the report says.
It also warns that the rise of robots could put a strain on resources and the environment.
Intelligent robots to demand legal rights?
Posted on Monday, Dec 25 2006 @ 15:21 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
A British report that looks at develops over the next 50 years say as robots become more intelligent, they may start demanding more rights.