A New Charter of Ethics and Rights of Artificial Consciousness in a Human World

Author: Markian Hromiak Mentor: (Unofficial, only worked with on minor revisions) David Schiff Department: College of Computing Institution: Georgia Institute of Technology, North Ave NW, Atlanta, GA 30332

    Taking the stance that artificially conscious agents should be given human-like
rights, in this paper we attempt to define consciousness, aggregate existing universal
human rights, analyze robotic laws with roots in both reality and science-fiction, and
synthesize everything to create a new robo-ethical charter. By restricting the problem-
space of possible levels of conscious beings to human-like, we succeed in developing
a working definition of consciousness for social strong AI which focuses on human-
like creativity being exhibited as a third-person observable phenomenon. Creativity is
then extrapolated to represent first-person functionality, fulfilling the first/third-person
feature of consciousness.
    Next, several sources of existing rights and rules, both for humans and robots,
are analyzed and, along with supplementary informal reports, synthesized to create
articles for an additive charter which compliments the United Nations’ Universal Dec-
laration of Human Rights.
    Finally, the charter is presented and the paper concludes with conditions for amend-
ing the charter, as well as recommendations for further charters.

Additional Abstract Information

Presenter: Markian Hromiak

Institution: Georgia Institute of Technology

Type: Oral

Subject: Computer Science

Status: Approved

Time and Location

Session: Oral 4
Date/Time: Tue 11:00am-12:00pm
Session Number: 408
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