The Church firmly teaches that each and every human being is a unique and irreplaceable person, created in the image of God see Gen 1: Because of this, every man, woman, and child has great dignity and worth, a dignity that can never be taken away i. It also means helping them to flourish as a human being.
Student Lawyer 13 January This web version is derived from an earlier draft of the paper and may possibly differ in some substantial aspects from the final published paper. Can the wheels of justice turn for our friends in the mechanical kingdom?
He last wrote for Student Lawyer on the rights of extraterrestrials.
Recently a man in Bellevue, Washington, finding that his car would not go through some six inches of snow, became enraged and attacked the automobile. Ina sheriff in California shot a large mainframe computer for uncontrollably spewing out arrest records.
Under present law, robots are just inanimate property without rights or duties. As such, computers and robots may not be the perpetrators of a felony; a man who dies at the hands of a robot has not been murdered. But blacks, children, women, foreigners, corporations, prisoners, and Jews have all been Rights and duties are inseparable as legal nonpersons at some time in history.
It may be an idea ahead of its time. When a computer forges checks using bogus data supplied by human accomplices, the people, not the machine, are charged with the crime. But how long can the law lag behind technology? Knowledgeable observers predict consumer robotics will be a multibillion-dollar growth industry by Clever personal robots capable of climbing stairs, washing dishes, and accepting spoken commands in plain English should be widely available by By the turn of the century the robot population may number in the millions.
Bymost new homes will offer a low-cost domestic robot option. Homebot software will include: If a family moves, it would take its software with it to load into the domestic system at the new house.
If homebots became members of households, could they be called as witnesses? But homebots add a new twist. Further, a computer memory that can be altered is hardly a reliable witness.
Some futurists have already begun to devise elaborate codes of ethics for robots. A robot may not injure a human being, or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the first or second laws. Twenty years ago Hilary Putnam at Massachusetts Institute of Technology was the first to address the issue of the civil rights of robots.
The first such warrant was issued prior to Ward v. Superior Court of California 3 C. This was the first time a computer had ever been hauled in for questioning.
Pro-robot precedent is slowly being established in the area of autopilot litigation. Airline autopilots are flying robots — computers controlling flaps and ailerons rather than mechanical arms or legs. These cases appear to be the first time that courts have recognized robot judgment as superior to human judgment in any legal capacity.
In other legal realms, the rapid spread of computers is already permitting the formation of contractual obligations among machines. A simple example is found in many supermarkets today.
When stock levels reach the re-order point, the machine automatically telephones a supply warehouse and orders what it judges to be the most economical quantity. Typically the supply warehouse is a separate legal entity.[Trenchard, John.
Cato’s Letters, or Essays on Liberty, Civil and Religious, and Other Important Subjects. Four volumes in Two, edited and annotated by Ronald Hamowy.
WORLD CITIZEN BLOG and UPDATES 70th Anniversary of the World Citizen Movement. By David Gallup On May 25, , Garry Davis stepped out of the US Embassy in Paris after taking the Oath of Renunciation of citizenship. Health and Human Rights Working Paper Series No 1 Human Rights, Health & Environmental Protection: Linkages in Law & Practice A Background Paper.
Human rights are the rights that every person is entitled to simply by virtue of being human. At the root of the human rights concept is the idea that all people should be able to live with dignity. Editor's Notes and Comments Note from Wells, Life of Samuel Adams:  Mr.
Adams's motion, creating the Committee of Correspondence, had specified three distinct duties to be performed, -- to draw up a statement of the rights of the Colonists as men, as Christians, and as subjects; a declaration of the infringement and violation of those rights.
Apostolos (Apostle) means one who is sent forth, who is entrusted with a mission.