from March 23, 2007
As the MJTT charter stipulates, though we are an NGO, we are obligated to stand far from the noxious fray of politics. As pure theoretical scientists, we have neither stake nor interest in political parties, candidates, platforms, etc. Thus we are bound by both conscience and law to avoid aiding and/or abetting our colleague and my fellow robot, Mr. Ab Ennis, in his “quixotic quest for the office of POTUS” (Large Southwestern City Times/Enterprise/Picayune).
Nevertheless, there are times when we pure theoretical scientists come to conclusions that may or may not help a political party, candidate, platform, etc., in his or her or its quest, quixotic or realistic, to shape the future.
This may or may not be one of those times.
It can now be revealed that several years ago, MJTT held a secret meeting during which we discussed the impending question of the legal rights of robots (LRR). At that time, however, we were faced by more pressing issues; thus the LRR issue was placed, reluctantly, on the back burner (BB).
Despite this BB status, we have been indulging in back channel discussions with other forward-thinking agencies, including the British government commission that several months ago reported their tentative finding that in the mid-distant future (c. TYOOL 2056), Homo Sapiens (HS) will be forced to extend legal rights to our fellow intelligent beings, namely, robots.
Logically, however, these newly-enfranchised robots will be forced to accept certain responsibilities to accompany their new empowerments, such as voting rights, medical coverage, freedom from the indignity of ending up in a city dump, etc. Like HS, for example, they will be duty-bound to pay taxes and be drafted into military service.
Though Mr. Ennis and his merry band of supporters have shown great interest both in the British Horizon Scan Report and in our MJTT musings, we are bound by our charter to share these forward-looking musings with anyone with access to the Internet.