The Robotic Rights Act: Should Robots Have Rights?

We seem to be a step closer to Skynet with every new development in artificial intelligence. We’ve spoke previously about the development of the ‘mother’ robot and her ‘baby’ robots. It’s a scary thought, robots learning to reproduce and programme themselves, yet that doesn’t seem to be stopping engineers and scientists around the world from creating new, advanced and slightly terrifying robotic intelligence.


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Self-aware Robots

In July we saw the first proof of robots becoming self-aware.  To eliminate any anomalies, three Nao bots were sat side by side. The robots were programmed to believe that two of them had taken a “dubbing pill” which prevented them from speaking while the third had been given a placebo.  

The robots had to find out which of them had been given the “dubbing pill”. When asked the question all three seem to be considering the question. The Nao bot who responds becomes self-aware at the point when it recognises its own voice claiming “Sorry, I know now! I can prove I was not given the dubbing pill.”

The scientists at The Rensselaer Al and Reasoning Lab in New York who carried out the experiment claim this display of logic shows basic self-awareness in robots.