AI sex robots will have ‘civil rights movement’ like in the Matrix, expert says

Sex robots will have their own civil rights movement as they begin to ask "human questions", an AI robotics expert believes.

Machines will become like the Matrix as they are built to interact and be as human as possible in the future, MIT researcher Dr Lex Fridman claimed.

The former Google AI worker shared his prediction in a discussion with Harvard law professor and Harvey Weinstein's defence lawyer Ronald Sullivan on his podcast.

Dr Fridman said: "I do believe that there will be almost like the civil rights movement for robots, because I think there's a huge value to society of having AI systems that interact with humans and are human-like.

"The more they become human-like they will start to ask very fundamentally human questions about freedom, about suffering, about justice.

"We will have to come face-to-face and look in the mirror and ask the question, 'just because we are biologically based, just because we are human, does that mean we are the only ones that deserve the rights?'"

He argued that the progress of US society involved the creation an "other" group that is outside its legal system.

Animals, which are currently legally treated as human property in the UK as well, could also eventually gain rights, Dr Fridman said.

He added: "The robot one is the one I'm especially focused on because at this moment in time, it seems ridiculous but I'm sure that most civil rights movements throughout history seem ridiculous at first."

Prof Sullivan told the podcast that he believed racism could be eliminated from the judicial system and that he would defend Adolf Hitler in a trial if no one else would.

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He said: "I think it's doable.

"I'm not saying it's going to be short but I'm saying that if we keep at it, keep getting to know each other a little better, keep enforcing laws that prohibit the race-based discrimination that people have experienced and provide as a society for people to thrive in this world and then I think we can see a better world, and if we see a better world we'll see a better judicial system."

On the Nazi leader, he said: "Everyone has a right to a defense if you're charged criminally in the US.

"Whether I would do it, if I were a public defender and assigned the case yes… I think that is our duty.

"In private practice, I have choices and I likely based on the hypo you gave me… I would likely pass right now, as I see it, unless it was a case that nobody else would represent him, then I would think that I have some sort of duty and obligation to do it, but yes everybody deserves the right to competent counsel."

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