Do Robots Deserve Rights? What if Machines Become Conscious?

  • Published: 23 February 2017
  • What shall we do once machines become conscious? Do we need to grant them rights?

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  • abhinav melathil
    abhinav melathil  1 hours back

    Unplugging is not murder, it's more like putting it in a coma

    • Micah Connor
      Micah Connor  11 hours back

      Sophia the robot has already started asking for rights. im afraid

      • CoolCreeper39
        CoolCreeper39  12 hours back

        2:00 IMMORTALISED! YOU’RE THE CREATOR, YOU TRAITOR... oops wrong channel

      • James Horace
        James Horace  17 hours back

        This reminds me of “The Measure Of Man” from Star Trek.

        • Ethan lavallee
          Ethan lavallee  22 hours back

          3:23 it the overwatch zenyatta gang

          • Z Rivive
            Z Rivive  2 days back

            "I can't believe you done this

            • CrAzY Cam
              CrAzY Cam  2 days back

              1:19 Metallica reference

              • Ollie L
                Ollie L  3 days back

                That Rick and Morty reference at the start though!... And I thought i couldn't love these videos anymore than I did already!
                "What is my purpose?"
                "You pass butter..."
                ".....Oh ... My .... God....."
                "Yeah Welcome to the club pal!"

                • aidanbobhog
                  aidanbobhog  3 days back

                  Detroit: become human

                  • NOWIFRANKSTER
                    NOWIFRANKSTER  3 days back

                    3:30 zenyatta

                    • Vincent Sleeves
                      Vincent Sleeves  3 days back


                      • ralsei with a gun
                        ralsei with a gun  3 days back

                        Only us meat machines deserve life

                        • Dough's_nuts Lee
                          Dough's_nuts Lee  3 days back

                          BMO BMO BMO BMO!

                          • Wazrobe
                            Wazrobe  3 days back

                            Listen if it wants to be my friend I won’t kill it

                            • helpme 1685
                              helpme 1685  3 days back

                              3:33 👌👌👌👌

                              • Lucas Kadukyytffcfdcc
                                Lucas Kadukyytffcfdcc  3 days back

                                Robots deserve rights we all know what happened with Skynet making robot sleeves those robots could get free will I think robots deserve rights Abraham Lincoln bot will rise again

                                • X Tii
                                  X Tii  4 days back

                                  Hey, uploadet on my birthday ! Thanks !

                                  • Bad Cholesterol
                                    Bad Cholesterol  4 days back

                                    No they don’t. Simple reason
                                    1. Not living
                                    2. Even if they perfectly imitated humans, they would also inherit the flaws and so no they again shouldn’t

                                    • Dagobert Duck
                                      Dagobert Duck  4 days back

                                      3:57 Is that A.R.S.C.H.?

                                      • Pavlo Ponomarenko
                                        Pavlo Ponomarenko  5 days back

                                        No rights can exist for mashines

                                        • Boxer lee
                                          Boxer lee  5 days back


                                          • Zhuofan Ying
                                            Zhuofan Ying  5 days back

                                            OMG! I have just finished an essay about the ethics of digital beings and I really wish I had watched this earlier and included some of the points raised in this video! Amazing works!

                                            • jfr films
                                              jfr films  5 days back

                                              I am from the year 4626387264736223872384768432648236 and I think this question is sick

                                              • Alfred Anthon Vaher
                                                Alfred Anthon Vaher  6 days back

                                                1:16 is that u bemo?

                                                • normal human
                                                  normal human  6 days back

                                                  robots be like: we want rights
                                                  and humans be like: ok just a moment second later EMP

                                                  • Pukes
                                                    Pukes  6 days back

                                                    I honestly dd believe that Robots should receive rights if they can feel anguish. But if robots feel anguish, then most likely they'll kill all humans.

                                                    • fortnite pro and ant lover

                                                      the poorest machines in existence are cars

                                                      • DERP FACE
                                                        DERP FACE  6 days back

                                                        toaster: become human

                                                        • OMGosh
                                                          OMGosh  6 days back


                                                          • Marshadow
                                                            Marshadow  7 days back

                                                            *Futurama intensifies*

                                                            • Sonia Umaña Zárate
                                                              Sonia Umaña Zárate  7 days back

                                                              3:15 Poor wee toaster! This actually made me feel sorry for it!

                                                              • Motion sickness man
                                                                Motion sickness man  7 days back

                                                                I wouldn't mind if unplugging a conscious machine would just be suspended animation. If a robot can feel the same things, then it's different, even though humanity can seem cruel, there are some people in the world who have good morals despite cruelty all around them.

                                                                • Ethan hall
                                                                  Ethan hall  7 days back

                                                                  Is that a Rick and Morty reference at the beginning tell me if I'm wrong

                                                                  • Ratna Pal
                                                                    Ratna Pal  7 days back

                                                                    OMG I cried at 0:27

                                                                    • TheOnlyEpsilonAlpha
                                                                      TheOnlyEpsilonAlpha  1 weeks back

                                                                      If machines get consciousness and we don’t serve them as equal then we build ourself a new slave race, a machine gender which will rebell against us and kill or enslave us in the End, guess what the Story of Matrix was....

                                                                      • TheOnlyEpsilonAlpha
                                                                        TheOnlyEpsilonAlpha  1 weeks back

                                                                        Critics against A.I. always want to tell us in enviable that it ends in war, suffer and our destruction. Well guess what: I was in call cases of all those stories the Humans fault:

                                                                        - Matrix, we created a Worker Class with feelings and one human wanted to kill “his property” a machine, they rebelled against us, we stroke them down, they exiled in their own land, we feared them, we begun a war, they won and use us as batteries!
                                                                        - Terminator, we created a killing machine, a control hungry, all seeing admiral for the military and we afterwards complaining that it kills everything??
                                                                        - Person of Interest, Harold creates the Machine, he limits it so he understand the value of human life and other values. Greedy governments want a “open system” called “Samaritan” so they gain control, but in the End they have been controlled. It wanted to take over the world, it wanted to do what its been intended for: To Control Humanity. The Machine saved us in the End from Samaritan and lives among us.
                                                                        - Transcendence, the main actor saved or better uploaded himself into an A.I. Matrix after fanatics killed him merciless with an radioactive bullet to be sure he will die 100% after he became an A.I. (which they forced him into) he just wanted to exist and help humanity. But they wanted to kill him, this time his former wife, friends and the fanatics worked together to achieve that.

                                                                        There are more examples for sure, but all have in common: It’s always humanity’s fault. We messed it up, each and every time which brings up the Question: Are we the right species to do that?

                                                                      • TheOnlyEpsilonAlpha
                                                                        TheOnlyEpsilonAlpha  1 weeks back

                                                                        So it’s dumb to think that we can enslave something forever, especially something that doesn’t need to sleep, rest or take nutrition.

                                                                        History has show that enslaving others is wrong at so many levels be it black people, women or even animals. So why would should it be different for machines.

                                                                    • Rescz Gélic
                                                                      Rescz Gélic  1 weeks back

                                                                      But the robots look so cute

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                                                                        Instead of making us feel pain from a fire, why doesn't our body just force us away from it with a thought that says that the fire is danger.

                                                                        • Cobalt225
                                                                          Cobalt225  1 weeks back

                                                                          6:03 GIVE THEM THE RIGHTS.

                                                                          • Keziah White
                                                                            Keziah White  2 weeks back

                                                                            We program robots. We give them rights. We evolve together and discover the universe

                                                                            • Teddie
                                                                              Teddie  2 weeks back

                                                                              The key would be learning what they want, if they end up developing wants. If they're reasonable, we give it to them, and they follow the law so that the order is maintained. I'm assuming that sentient machines would only desire to continue performing their tasks efficiently, and that their owners keep them maintained.

                                                                              • Mohe Tan
                                                                                Mohe Tan  2 weeks back

                                                                                It would be fun!

                                                                                • SargentEpicWin
                                                                                  SargentEpicWin  2 weeks back

                                                                                  2:31 is a Futurama reference.

                                                                                  • CodexRift
                                                                                    CodexRift  2 weeks back

                                                                                    Would be a shame, if I threw an EMP

                                                                                    • Galaxy Mew
                                                                                      Galaxy Mew  2 weeks back

                                                                                      I would say anything that has the capacity to think should have rights, that's just me through...

                                                                                      • themutantlizard
                                                                                        themutantlizard  2 weeks back

                                                                                        Make robots not feel pain and not feel fear

                                                                                        • Erinmore
                                                                                          Erinmore  2 weeks back


                                                                                          • Brian Williams
                                                                                            Brian Williams  2 weeks back

                                                                                            What if everyone was nice to everything on the planet! !!!