Does my vacuum cleaner need human rights?

The European Commission has recently announced an additional €1.5bn in Artificial Intelligence (AI) for the period 2018-2020 under the research and innovation framework programme Horizon 2020.

This funding aims at consolidating research and innovation in AI, encouraging testing and experimentation, strengthening AI excellence research centres and starting efforts to bring AI to all potential users, with a focus on small and medium-sized enterprises. The Commission supports projects in areas such as health, connected and automated driving, agriculture, manufacturing, energy, security and next generation internet technologies.

Artificial intelligence is already part of our lives – it is not science fiction. From using a virtual personal assistant to organise our working day, to travelling in a self-driving vehicle, to our phones suggesting songs or restaurants that we might like, AI is a reality.

Robots will never become humans; or become smarter than humans,” said Elżbieta Bieńkowska, the European commissioner for industry. The most advanced robots are unlikely to gain the legal status of personhood – an idea proposed last year by a member of the European Parliament. “I don’t think it will happen,” added Andrus Ansip, Commission vice-president in charge of the digital single market. “I don’t think my vacuum cleaner needs human rights.

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