Will the future robots get citizenship?


Imagine that in ten years you need to move to another country. Things and documents are collected, but there are a number of non-trivial issues — how does your reliable assistant robot cross the border if he does not have a passport? Do you need a passport robot? Does he know the laws of another country?

The Government of Malta seeks to bring the country to the forefront in the field of artificial intelligence. As part of the promotion to this goal, Minister of Government of Malta Silvio Shembri even raised the issue of the number of robots missing into the country at a time. In addition, it was necessary to organize a kind of citizenship test for robots.

The General Director of SingularityNet Ben Hercel expressed the opinion that such a test was obliged to check the knowledge of the laws of the country and their proper use in real situations similar to the acquittal of nationalized Americans.

The adviser to Malta’s government Francois Piccione believes that the AI will become so important technology as electricity was in due time. If the revolution is inevitable, then it must be prepared properly at the legislative level. Considering the problems advancing on the heel

Autonomous systems have not yet responded for their actions. When

Robots in Malta will not be the first masters with citizenship. Sofia’s humanoid robot received citizenship in Saudi Arabia two years ago and many considered this event with an exclusively marketing course aimed at attracting investments in the country’s technological sector.

Professor at the University of Northern Illinois David Gankel adheres to such an opinion. He believes that convincing arguments in favor of providing citizenship robots do not exist. In addition, it is worth separating issues of legal personality and citizenship.

Orthodox issues do not require a robot with artificial intelligence to be citizens. Moreover, the problem can be solved using a precedent with corporations. As you know, transnational corporations are legal entities and subjects of international law, which are entitled to own property, but are not citizens.

This mechanism can be used for robots or other AI systems, including autonomous vehicles. Then another problem arises — is there really human-like robots to attribute to the property?

In the CNBC interview with 2017, Sofia said that it was proud of the receipt of citizenship and plans to lead exactly the same life as other people. The main goal of it called the improvement of people’s lives.

A year later, a humanoid robot visited a number of countries and was remembered by several bright quotes, but they do not have great value, since the answers to complex questions are preparing in advance. Unfortunately, information about what documents Sofia crosses the border, found failed.

Hercel predicts that artificial intelligence at the human level may appear already in 2029. It was then that the line between man and the car will be much more blurred and approximate to the films «from the car» and «she». In these artistic paintings, problems arising from the relationship between people and robots are considered, and this is a completely different problem, which will not end at the legal level.