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Isaac Asimov’s “Three Laws of Robotics.”
1) Robots must not harm humans or allow them to be harmed through inaction.
2) Robots must obey human commands unless doing so would violate the first rule.
3) Robots must protect themselves unless doing so would violate the first two rules.
Interestingly, Japan has its own literary law of robots — 10 laws that were enunciated decades ago by manga giant Osamu Tezuka in his “Astro Boy” (“Tetsuwan Atomu,” in Japanese) comic book series. These are:
1) Robots must serve humanity.
2) Robots must not kill or harm humans.
3) A robot must call its human creator “father.”
4) A robot can make anything, except money.
5) Robots may not go abroad without permission.
6) Male and female robots may not change their genders.
7) Robots may not change their face to become a different robot.
8) A robot created as an adult may not become a child.
9) A robot may not reassemble a robot that has been disassembled by a human.
10) Robots shall not destroy human homes or tools.
In 2015 Keio University professor Shinpo Fumio proposed eight precepts of robot law, which did reference OECD privacy principals:
1) Humanity first — robots may not harm or become people.
2) Obedience to order — they must follow human orders and be subject to control.
3) Secrecy and privacy — robots must be designed to preserve the secrecy of information they gather.
4) Use limitation — robots must be limited to their intended use and may not be used to harm humans.
5) Security safeguards.
6) Openness and transparency — robot design and use must be verifiable.
7) Individual participation — individuals must participate in the creation of rules governing robots, and robots must not govern individuals.
8) Accountability — there must be rules of liability for robot-caused harm.
If robots have rights and independent personhood, will they be able to sue their owner for poor maintenance, or demand emergency access to your power supply?
And if robot rights include the right to own property, it only seems logical that they should be able to donate money to political parties that promise better laws for robots.