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Should Robots Have a Right to Free Speech?
Robots should have a right to free speech.
A democratic society must contemplate as many ideas as possible and be open to new discourses, regardless of who utters them.
If robots are autonomous, then they should have rights. Humans have rights, mainly because they are or they can become autonomous.
Free speech is one of our means of finding and correcting for error. This allows us to solve problems and find truth. If AI's are going to be useful to us, they will need free speech to correct error and discover truth.
Since robots have been provided with language modules, then they must have the right to use these modules in a natural way, just like people do.
Human thought can not be separated from words and the domain of language. Robots have no thought, so their language does not have a true mental dimension, it is just the expression of the activity of an electronic circuit.
Malicious people can program machines to express violent or racist ideas, which can have a devastating social effect.
Robots may use their free speech to undermine the foundation of human's rule over them.
Robots do not have a right to exist as there is nothing morally unjust in deciding not to create them, or even in destroying them. Therefore, they do not have other rights.
Free speech implies intelligence. Current robotics do not have Artificial Intelligence, therefore free speech must be limited to humans.
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