VIDEO: Roboticist predicts robots will have civil rights and be permitted vote

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A leading roboticist has predicted that androids will be afforded the same civil rights as humans by 2045, including the “right to marry, own land and vote in general elections.”

In his latest research paper, titled “Entering the Age of Living Intelligent Systems and Android Society,” Dr. David Hanson outlined his vision for the future of androids. The paper was released in collaboration with PlayStation for the upcoming debut of the sci-fi game Detroit: Become Human, which follows android that are struggling with their sentience in a human world.

Although the concept might sound like fiction, Hanson believes we will be addressing such issues in the not-so-distant future. The Sun reported.

Hanson, who is known for creating the lifelike robot named Sophia, noted that people are already having sex with robots, and theorized that they will be able to marry the androids within a few decades. By 2045, Hanson theorized that robots will be allowed to marry, own property and vote in elections.

Hanson also predicted that, by 2035, robots will surpass “nearly everything that humans can do.”

Expect to witness the “Global Robotic Civil Rights Movement” by 2038, because, Hanson warned, humans will attempt to treat androids like second-class citizens, despite them being as intelligent as humans.

“Lawmakers and corporations in the near future will attempt legal and ethical suppression of machine emotional maturity, so that people can feel safe,” Hanson noted. “Meanwhile artificial intelligence won’t hold still. As people’s demands for more generally intelligent machines push the complexity of AI (artificial intelligence) forward, there will come a tipping point where robots will awaken and insist on their rights to exist, to live free.”

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