The photograph shows Wu Yulu, a farmer from Beijing, who has made 25 robots out of things he found in a tip. Each one did a different task. He called his robots 'sons' but, unfortunately, since a fire destroyed his home, he has had to sell them to try to rebuild! (Google/China Daily)
This tragedy seems to be echoed in a U.K. report issued by the Office of Science and Innovation which, after looking at the robotic industry, somberly declared: "If artificial intelligence is achieved and widely deployed, calls may be made for human rights to be extended to robots." (Al Jazeerah)
Now, call me a stirrer and a malcontent if you will, but many humans in this world have no rights at all (except perhaps the right to starve to death while they live in abject poverty) and those who have some rights, in some countries (like America), are quickly losing them.
So why then are so-called intelligent people using taxpayers money to sit around and ponder the farcical question of whether future robots should be given human rights? And if they are, will robots end up having more rights than humans?
Perhaps you can work it out. I can't!