Machine in the ghost
Can a robot pray? Does an AI have a soul? Advances in automata raise theological debates that will shape the secular world
ideas about making artificial life … were explored in Greek myths. Beings that were ‘made, not born’ appeared in tales about Jason and the Argonauts, the bronze robot Talos, the techno-witch Medea, the genius craftsman Daedalus, the fire-bringer Prometheus, and Pandora, the evil fembot created by Hephaestus, the god of invention.
while there will be a desire for the curia to officially judge as to the status of such a creature, whether it is ‘human’ or not, whether it has a soul or not, patience compels us to remain agnostic as to its metaphysical status, even while encouraging compassion and understanding towards a very different mind.
Per the 14th Amendment, which reads that ‘All persons born or naturalised in the United States … are citizens of the United States’, it is the opinion of this court that ‘born’ need not merely mean biological reproduction, and that sentient artificial intelligence must be afforded the same rights as humans.