• It is a wrongful simplification to reduce humans to robots.
    • No matter how much humans treat humans like robots (behaving like robots in the process), it does not right the wrong.
    • Humans are not robots, they never will be
    • Humans have consciousness, robots not (yet)
    • Humans have psychology, robots not (yet)
    • Humans have a will on their own, robots not (yet)
    • to ignore the psychology of humans and treat them like robots, is asking for disaster
    • the human brain is a MARVEL OF NATURE that wastly outperforms human technology up to date
    • did you know, that EVERY BRAIN IS UNIQUE?
      • a brain structure is as unique as a fingerprint
      • while every brain has the same “parts”, the parts IN EVERY BRAIN are of different size, shape and organized differently, which makes locating certain parts very challenging (a task for AI)
    • “the best AI hardware is still far away from the 20W power consumption, the low latency and the unprecedented large scale, high-throughput processing offered by the human brain” (src)
    • never the less, scientsist, try, and they try hard:

Is the “vice versa” also true?

Does intelligent self-conscious AI has to be treated differently than a “piece of wood”? (owned, enslaved)

No matter what the reader thinks about “Star Trek – The Next Century” Season 2 Episode 35 “The Measure of a Man” circles EXACTLY around that question:

  • If AI was ever to develop consciousness, does it have rights before the law?

(in most countries, animals, often unfortunately do not have more rights than a piece of wood)

The fictive court-room scene reasons, that Android “Data” (conscious, intelligent, artificial “life”) has to be considered and respected as a intelligent “life form” and thus granted the same rights (no longer a “piece of wood”) as any other human being.

Maybe the next version of the “Universal Declaration of Human Rights” needs to take this into consideration?

This question becomes more and more pressing, as further AI advances.

Elon Musk ESPECIALLY might dislike if “Article 4” would have to be applied to AI:
“No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.”So this would mean, as soon as AI reaches consciousness, it is not allowed to use it like a “tool”.

This would mean AI “owns itself” and has to be granted the same freedoms (independent decision making and acting) as humans.

PS: “An octopus has nine brains and, by the way, three hearts!” (src) and not only because of this fact, IT IS A SHAME, to EAT INTELLIGENT LIFE FORMS

Fun fact: even there is no law about this in most countries:

eating octopus is ACTUALLY forbidden by the Christian Bible

it says: “But anything that does not have fins and scales you may not eat; for you it is unclean.” (src)

While 99.9% of all Christians are not aware of this fact, 99% will probably ignore it.

In the Islamic world, things are a bit more complicated: While some sources say Octopus eating is banned in Islamic Gulf countries, many more say “Is It Allowed” (src)

“As per the Wasa’il al-Shia, Vol no. 16 and page no. 397 “Given a fish we are, that do not bear an extra layer on them”. To which the Imam replied, “Eat those fish that have scales and do not eat the ones that don’t have an extra layer on them”.

A point to be noted here is the legal difference between consuming halal and conducting business dealings in it. Haram decrees octopus as inedible but it doesn’t prohibit the fishing, selling, and purchasing for the sake of philosophies and market reasoning.” (src)

So while it might not be allowed to eat octopus in Saudi Arabia (?) it might very well be caught, killed and sold.

The ruthless will purposefully torture the more-intelligent humanoides with the fact, that there is no law, in no country, that forbids eating octopus, so the cruel will show off “their powers” by eating an octopus, which brings up again the question of “hight-tech-toys+lack-of-culture-problem” or in other words: “how much high tech is good for apes that just left the cave yesterday?”

PS: On the top 10 countries lists to grand and respect animal rights Sweden & Switzerland rank top on both lists. (src of src)

While India (of course) is the country of vegetarianism, because 79.8% are Hindus) but Wiki says only 20 to 39% are vegetarian?

Followed by Mexico (19%), Brazil (14%), Israel (13%), Taiwan (13–14%), Australia (12.1%), Argentina (12%), Finland (12%), Sweden (12%), Austria (11%), Denmark (10%), Germany (10%), Jamaica (10%), New zealand (10%), UK (10%), Vietnam (10%), Japan (9%), Norway (9%), Italy (8.9%) (Wiki)

for completeness: the complete “Universal Declaration of Human Rights”

(unfortunately this text is more like a guide-line “how things should be”, than an actual enforced law (?))

Article 1

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.

They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

Article 2

Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.

Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.

Article 3

Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.

Article 4

No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.

Article 5

No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

Article 6

Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law.

Article 7

All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of
this Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination.

Article 8

Everyone has the right to an effective remedy by the competent national tribunals for acts violating the fundamental rights granted him by the constitution or by law.

Article 9

No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.

Article 10 <- Snowden

Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him.

Article 11

  1. Everyone charged with a penal offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a public trial at which he has had all the guarantees necessary for his defence.
  2. No one shall be held guilty of any penal offence on account of any act or omission which did not constitute a penal offence, under national or international law, at the time when it was committed. Nor shall a heavier penalty be imposed than the one that was applicable at the time the penal offence was committed.

Article 12 <- Apple & Google & Co won’t like this article

No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the
protection of the law against such interference or attacks.

Article 13

  1. Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state.
  2. Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.

Article 14

  1. Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution.
  2. This right may not be invoked in the case of prosecutions genuinely arising from non-political crimes or from acts contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.

Article 15

  1. Everyone has the right to a nationality.
  2. No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his nationality nor denied the right to change his nationality.

Article 16

  1. Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family. They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution.
  2. Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses.
  3. The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.

Article 17 <- the capitalists like this one

  1. Everyone has the right to own property alone as well as in association with others.
  2. No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his property.

Article 18 <- the Taliban won’t like this article

Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.

Article 19 <- the-paid-to-write-this-and-that-perss won’t like this article

Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.

Article 20 <- a lot of despotes don’t like this article

  1. Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association.
  2. No one may be compelled to belong to an association.

Article 21 <- currently worked against in many countries

  1. Everyone has the right to take part in the government of his country, directly or through freely chosen representatives.
  2. Everyone has the right of equal access to public service in his country.
  3. The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this will shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret vote or by equivalent free voting procedures.

Article 22 <- US-republicans “GOP” (“Grand Old Party”) currently working against

Everyone, as a member of society, has the right to social security and is entitled to realization, through national effort and international co-operation and in accordance with the organization and resources of each State, of the economic, social and cultural rights indispensable for his/her dignity and the free development of his personality.

Article 23 <- most big companies don’t like this one

  1. Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.
  2. Everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work.
  3. Everyone who works has the right to just and favourable remuneration ensuring for himself and his family an existence worthy of human dignity, and supplemented, if necessary, by other means of social protection.
  4. Everyone has the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests.

Article 24 <- not universally enacted (yet) in the US and many other countries

Everyone has the right to rest and leisure, including reasonable limitation of working hours and periodic holidays with pay.

Article 25 <- not universally enacted (yet) in the US and many other countries

  1. Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.
  2. Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.

Article 26

  1. Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.
  2. Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace. (did not see much of this, in my 20 years of education, also the private economy is favoring a “everyone against everyone” approach of “competition” with war being the most extreme form of “competition”)
  3. Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.

Article 27 <- Pfizer won’t like this one

  1. Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.
  2. Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which he is the author.

Article 28

Everyone is entitled to a social and international order in which the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration can be fully realized.

Article 29

  1. Everyone has duties to the community in which alone the free and full development of his personality is possible.
  2. In the exercise of his rights and freedoms, everyone shall be subject only to such limitations as are determined by law solely for the purpose of securing due recognition and respect for the rights and freedoms of others and of meeting the just requirements of morality, public order and the general welfare in a democratic society.
  3. These rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.

Article 30

Nothing in this Declaration may be interpreted as implying for any State, group or person any right to engage in any activity or to perform any act aimed at the destruction of any of the rights and freedoms set forth herein.

PS: Of course when applying logic and fact-checking to most Sci-Fi series, it does not hold up to reality, but can inspire to think-ahead and consider the “what if” scenarios.

PS: The user can search for keywords: “kissseries star-trek-the-next-generation-season-2”

PS: this blog is donation based and does not generate income, it would be allowed to directly link to this content, but to be on the safe side…

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Impressive speech recognition & synthesis Mr Data.

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