Robot Rights: Law, Artificial Intelligence and Humans

In 2015, EU CIVIL LAW RULES IN ROBOTICS (CLRR) opened and closed a Vote on granting Robots Legal Status, “Electronic Persons”, viewing ‘Machines’ as ‘Persons’ for the first time.


In January 2017, the reported Vote following two year’s suppression carried a notion that Legal Affairs Commission (LAC) permitted the announcement without progress or depth.


Flashed out, by National Press in the statement “Robots..will unleash a new industrial revolution” (the Independent) that transpired in manically pounded bursts, as if, they were meant to numb. The particulars were circumvented and developments, if any, omitted on Electric status, and the Robotics’ Civil Rule and Codes, since the 2015 vote. The coverage felt like a sharp, targeted, Robotic assault from the front lines.


Stripped of substance, the reports imaged with ease into public minds, Robots holding spanner and screw, ready to do the jobs of Industry, and evict the human from the factory.


But, hiding underneath ‘industrial revolution‘, a gleaming community angel, beckoned to readers look beneath, the Robots waiting there en mass their social implantation –Making perversely attractive, the veneer and style, and curious the publications’ synchronicity.


The reports, facilitated, if not, overtly abetted mainstreams’ publicity subdued state, establishing but deep dissonance, in the textual gaps that were emptied of facts. Weakening and distorting the content, straight into disrepute and into the bin. To this end, a void still remains. As to the impact robot’s legal status has, and the decision not to, fully, impart with facts remain the subjects of suppression.


Leaving readers bereft of any quality or depth, substantiating them elsewhere, and mulling over the topic, giggling, at just how ridiculously questionable its treatment was – Banged out in News Flashes, successively, for a couple of weeks, overriding the core event, Electric Status, and all that it implies, while inaccurately pointing the subject matter to industry!


Though brief, the bulletins struggled openly with concealment and deep concerns managing to sew ‘new’ seeds of doubt about validity. As such, why the projections were singularly focused on “industrial” atomisation, “Bots, Androids and Humanoids” bound for ‘human jobs’, excluding the spectrum’s wider events. Such as why, the proposition of Legal Persona to machines and why now is the case in point?


The affairs, in the process of delivering the outcome of the vote on robotics’ status, unintentionally revealed at work adulterating forces thinning processes, and fitting National topics to standard plates collectively transmitting the Selections. Along side, the depiction of  multi-partner-agent’s concerted efforts, deliberately, shrouding public information, deemed necessary to obfuscate rather than enlighten. Pushing Robots’ intended social capacity, obsessively, under Industry, as the usual.

It is not hard to grasp that while the Legal intent hovered on Robotic Settlement, misguided Editor Leaderships skimmed the relevance and attempted to stick the general’s focus on Industry and Robotic staff, not Robotic Residency.  Away from, the hidden concerns that staggered the Electric legal status, which is apparent in the CLRR documents’ overwhelming, The Affairs, with “technological threats”, understood to substantially compromise “Public Security and Safety”; which existed in 2015, and, likely to continue existing tomorrow.

'Gosh, I love government, Ed. Just when you begin to lose faith in the system, along comes a fresh crop of idealistic young lawmakers with an invigorating brand of gridlock all their own!'While, potential risk, influenced the motive against granting Robots legal status, proving too much of a force to reckon with closing the case precariously shut, just like that! Though, the discussions, to date, no doubt, remain, active. Opening up, to the Commission, further debates, and brain-storming the exponential risk, behind its doors, and, in this piece, the overall veracity and intentions behind their actions, the nature of threat that is unsettling the EU, consuming and devouring the Commission and staggering its mission from granting Robotics with Artificial Intelligence (AI) legal status, just yet.

Government Concerns on Smart Technology: Cognitive Machines and Living Machines

Deep government concerns, in CLRR Papers, go beyond ‘industry’ pivoting on “Smart Technology”, also known as “Cognitive Machines”, or, “Living Machines”, which are embedded with ‘Artificial Intelligence’, and having the potential of an evil culprit, likely to impinge future “Public Safety” and “Civil Liberty”. Sparking the intense debates leading to 2015 and the proposition of huge alterations to “Civil Law” and rewriting the Civil Code and Rules”, and the erection of new supporting systems that would interface the breadth and width of society so as to accommodate AI, but which had culminated in the vote against, for now – that is, AI’s status, not the interfacing of society with smarter means preparing in place for activation sooner rather than later..

The endeavor, however, remained, the partly, formed ideals to “Enshrine Artificial Intelligence” in Human Laws, by virtue of a legal Persona and Person’s status to boot. Along side, the consideration of containment and its governance concluding that current expertise fall short of securing human safety. But, there still remains notion and ground work of Electric ‘Persons’ moving into the jurisdiction of Human Laws is, in itself, telling and besides, The Commission explored ethics, as well as ‘Agency’, even before Robots are in society, a “common-place”!

The enormity, and significance of the proposed changes to Social Laws, and the Creation of a new Persona, is such that it is signaling a huge alarm, which seems to go, partly, unheard –The addition of a second ‘Person’ should not to be underrated. Ramifying directly on Behavioural Conduct, Residency and Domestic Laws, dramatically changing, the social and legal conditions.

Policies, were reacting, to intended changes constituting the expressions, by which the considerations had, inadvertently, reflected the ‘scale’ of events to come. That is, Robots’ social presence, specifically, headed for community notindustry, as told in news outlets.

The Civil and Public Safety Laws, are clearly, at odds with robots’ supposed Industrial route, but not with their anticipated citizenship and the mass robotic output, geared to an industrial proportion, which is likely to coincide with Robot legal status, but became apparent in 2015 that the plan was still immature with reach reach beyond its boundaries. Setting back, the Electrifying event, after EU having contended with the gravity, and its risks. Realizing that it had better postpone robotics’ status and release, until Security, appropriately interfaces the systems required. Thus, preferring, to keep the struggles, deep, within the layers of its directives, which is public information yet corroborating with the partners, keeping Hushed in the media.

Bearing in mind, all interested parties, together, submerged and unmatched events with the facts, laid them laid low concealing underneath sparse contents. When, in fact, Robotic Citizenship was undergoing refinement in Legal Affairs narratives, should one trail the Articles, will see.

Yet still, in 2017, at the cusp of AI’s social explosion, the full Robotic Settlement plan, remains hidden, yet, under that same, single, pretense: industry – raising assumptions of public ignorance on every count, while rigidly administering desensitising statements to the public– I wonder why?

High Risk:

It is Artificial Intelligence that provoked, the Legal Nature determining the standards in resolutions, of which, EU said in 2015, “the time has come to legislate”! In doing so, it resurrected primitive (60s) academic warnings, implying horrific ends, professing when AI’s “Complexity” and “Sophistication” reaches a certain level, it must be addressed by Law!

The 2015 Vote, was a multifaceted reaction under duress by AI’s growing Security needs demanding conformity to Technology, and Society to Technology.

It seems that technological advancements have given rise to “Smart Machines” and the spectre of human disaster, as well as EUs, deep, seated fear suggesting that, a resident, Artificial, Evil gravely troubles its Robots’ social plan, and by its extension, the society at large.

A dangerous condition, in advanced technology, motions the Era, and society towards darker possibilities while pulling the Law behind. Aided by its informers, concurring in results, which espouse that Smart Technological developments, embedded with Artificial Intelligence poses high risk!  The future has, one could safely say, never looked more uncertain.

Threats and risks, may well, give grounds to EUs fear of “Smart” Machines, but not the mitigation of public manipulation, enacted upon, covertly, just before automating society and endowing machines with personalities. When, meaning to grant Robots Rights ignoring the dangers and Human’s Rights to valid information having proceeded selfishly, and neurotically ahead. Like in manner, and path, repeatedly, masking robots’ intended social entry, under Robotic Staff. When, in fact, that was NOT the case, or the route!

Legal Affairs Commission might have as well added a new shining factory apparel to the public reports.

That was an overview/intro next parts to follow.  Delving, deeper into the layers of artificial Intelligence..and legal intension.    Thanks for reading.


Tamara Wilhite Added Oct 12, 2017 - 5:02pm
I disagree with giving any machine or artificial construct "rights" when there are billions of humans who are still lacking in various areas.
I also oppose giving an AI a right to "life" that supposes guaranteed electricity and technological maintenance when there are humans without power.
William Stockton Added Oct 12, 2017 - 11:01pm
I read this just the other day and thought it a profound statement about AI
People speak of AI in the future like it is a "them".  Like it will be these other things that exist alongside "us".  This couldn't be further from the truth.
The future is now and we living in the next AI.  Every day we pick up our cell phone and check the news.  All the financial markets we interact with every day are incredibly intelligent and is the next AI.  The web is growing and becoming more intricate. 
Again, we are living in the AI now.  It only gets smarter and more complicated in the future.
Jeff Jackson Added Oct 14, 2017 - 8:17am
Machines are not legal entities. While corporations are legal entities, that is because they buy and sell properties and such. If you want to give a machine legal rights, the same could be done with a bucket of bolts and circuit boards. They are nothing without the design and intention of man.