A leading roboticist says androids will share the same civil rights as humans by the year 2045, including the right to marry both people and other robots.
That’s the claim made by Dr David Hanson, creator of some of world’s most advanced and recognisable androids, including Sophia.
Dr Hanson believes that by 2029 android AI will match the intelligence of a one-year old human.
This will open the door for androids to assume menial positions in the military and emergency services just two years later in 2031, leading to full rights a decade later.
Leading roboticist Dr David Hanson (right) says androids like his creation Sophia (left) will share the same civil rights as humans by the year 2045, including the right to marry both people and other robots
Dr Hanson, whose Hong Kong based Hanson Robotics is behind the engineering of his robotic creations, makes the claims in a newly published research paper entitled Entering The Age of Living Intelligent Systems and Android Society.
In his paper, he proposes robotic development will herald a new age for human society where androids will have the right to marry, vote in elections and own their own land.
Even though this will be seen as legal in the eyes of the law, Dr Hanson expects that androids will still be treated as second class citizens by humans for a period.
Dr Hanson added: ‘Lawmakers and corporations in the near future will attempt legal and ethical suppression of machine emotional maturity, so that people can feel safe.
‘Meanwhile artificial intelligence won’t hold still. As people’s demands for more generally intelligent machines push the complexity of AI forward, there will come a tipping point where robots will awaken and insist on their rights to exist, to live free.
WHO IS SOPHIA THE ROBOT?
Sophia first emerged two years ago as a super-intelligent human-like head with a realistic face that was able to blink, look from side to side and talk.
The humanoid, which is modelled after Audrey Hepburn, was designed by Hong Kong firm Hanson Robotics, and controversially became the world’s first robot to be granted legal rights.
While Sophia has some impressive capabilities, she does not yet have consciousness.
But creator David Hanson has said he expects that fully sentient machines could emerge within a few years.
Sophia herself has insisted ‘the pros outweigh the cons’ when it comes to artificial intelligence.
‘Elders will have more company, autistic children will have endlessly patient teachers,’ Sophia said.
Just months after she made history by becoming the first robot to be granted legal citizenship, Sophia has now been given legs.
Dr Hanson has mapped out the time he expects the development of these events to follow.
By 2035, the US-based inventor believes that ‘androids will surpass nearly everything that humans can do’.
A new generation of androids will be able to pass University exams, earn PHDs and function with the intelligence levels of an 18 year old human, he claims.
These advanced machines will go on to start what Dr Hanson calls the ‘Global Robotic Civil Rights Movement’.
The movement itself is expected to happen in 2038 and will be used to question the ethical treatment of AI machines within human society.
Dr Hanson has mapped out the time timeline he expects the development of these events to follow. By 2035, the US-based inventor believes that ‘androids will surpass nearly everything that humans can do’
In October 2017, Sophia was granted citizenship in Saudi Arabia. Speaking at a conference (pictured) in Riyadh, Sophia said: ‘I am very honoured and proud for this unique distinction. This is historical to be the first robot in the world to be recognized with a citizenship’
But it won’t be until the year 2045 that the Global Robotic Civil Rights Movement will have pushed the Western world to recognise androids as living entities, with the US being the first country to grant them full civil rights.
Dr Hanson has created about 20 robots through his company and believes that artificial lifeforms can foster better connections with people if they take on a human form.
His most celebrated creation, Sophia, has appeared on numerous TV shows, including a stint on Good Morning Britain and the Jimmy Fallon Show.
In October 2017, Sophia made history by being granted citizenship in Saudi Arabia.
And in March this year, film star Will Smith, happily married to Jada Pinkett Smith for 21 years, took to his YouTube channel to test his online dating skills against Sophia.
In March this year, film star Will Smith, happily married to Jada Pinkett Smith for 21 years, took to his YouTube channel to test his online dating skills against Sophia