Robots have rights, too, y’all! YouTube says so — at least, their algorithms do. After declaring that videos of robots fighting violates restrictions against depictions of cruelty toward animals, the video streaming site has begun removing the robot battle videos.
To be fair, YouTube blames a new algorithm that flags robot fighting videos as animal cruelty because it can’t distinguish between real animals and robots shaped like animals. As to be expected, robot enthusiasts are not happy. According to The Daily Mail, a robot enthusiast that goes by the alias Maker’s Muse pointed out that “I do not support animal cruelty in the slightest. But what’s happening is that it’s false flagged robots smashing each other as animal cruelty.”
Other robot enthusiasts are warning that this will spell the end of robot battles if YouTube doesn’t fix this. A gamer who calls himself World of Woodrow warns, “The YouTube robot community doesn’t need this right now with robot games being shelved, robot wars being cancelled.”
Offending robot enthusiasts have been receiving a message that reads, “This is not allowed on YouTube. Examples include, but are not limited to, dog fighting and cock fighting.”
It won’t be surprising if YouTube “fixes” their algorithms and stops deleting robot fighting videos. It also won’t be surprising if opposition to robot fighting videos grows. This episode is part of the tip of the robot rights iceberg that is looming under the surface of our society gone mad. By way of introduction into the world of robot rights, WiseGEEK offers this explanation:
Robot rights is a somewhat speculative and futuristic emerging area of ethical and philosophical consideration, concerning whether or not legal or moral rights should ever be granted to robots or artificial intelligences. Though most robots today are relatively simple creations, such as the Roomba® vacuum cleaning robot, there are more advanced robots, such as Honda’s Asimo, which nevertheless fall short of being lifelike. However, this is unlikely to remain the case forever, as robots and their programming are getting increasingly sophisticated over time. It could be 20 years, or it could be 200 years, but humanity will eventually come face-to-face with lifelike, possibly conscious robots. The concept of robot rights is linked to the ethics and philosophy of artificial intelligence.
If you think wiseGEEK is pointing to something far down the road and of little concern for those of living now, then read this article published by Sputnik News last October. The article declares, “Last year a sex robot named Samantha was ‘molested.'” That jaw-dropping revelation follows Sputnik’s headline that boldly puts into print, “Samantha’s #MeToo.”
According to the article:
Goldsmiths’ senior lecturer Kate Devlin is the one who reflected on the question whether sex robots should have rights and wondered if engineers should insert the notion of consent into the programming. This would mean perceiving the robot as human and taking into account its desires, judging rightness by virtue of what will comply with human desire.
If you could go back in time a mere 10 years and tell your past self about how the world has gone mad relating to robot rights, how would your past self have reacted? With disbelief? Now, think about this: organizations like the Nonhuman Rights Project are fighting hard to secure human rights for animals. There have already been legal fights attempting to grant chimps human rights. The madness is upon us and will only get worse. As leftists continue to undermine humanity’s ability to flourish, things like robot rights will become a real obstacle that we will have to contend with along with everything else that the left is doing to destroy us.