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Robot Rights: Intelligent Machines (Panel Discussion)

I participated in a debate/panel discussion about robot rights at the Science Gallery (Trinity, Dublin) on the 29th March 2017. A video from the event is above. Here’s the description from the organisers:

What if robots were truly intelligent and fully self aware? Would we give them equal rights and the same protection under the law as we provide ourselves? Should we? But if a machine can think, decide and act on its own volition, if it can be harmed or held responsible for its actions, should we stop treating it like property and start treating it more like a person with rights?

Moderated by Lilian Alweiss from the philosophy department at Trinity College Dublin, panellists include Conor Mc Ginn, Mechanical & Engineering Department, Trinity College Dublin; John Danaher, Law department NUI Galway; and Eoghan O'Mahoney from McCann Fitzgerald.

Join us as we explore these issues as part of our HUMANS NEED NOT APPLY exhibition with a panel discussion featuring leaders in the fields of AI, ethics and law.

WATCH HERE

John Danaher holds a PhD from University College Cork (Ireland) and is currently a lecturer in law at NUI Galway (Ireland). His research interests are eclectic, ranging broadly from philosophy of religion to legal theory, with particular interests in human enhancement and neuroethics. John blogs at http://philosophicaldisquisitions.blogspot.com/. You can follow him on twitter @JohnDanaher.



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