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Should robots be given rights as well?

As computers surpass human intelligence and take on greater responsibilities, should they be given rights as well?

Earlier this month, the Bank of England announced that Alan Turing would be featured on the new £50 (S$84.60) note. The last to switch from paper to polymer, it is due to enter circulation in late 2021.

Turing was a hero for his codebreaking during World War II. He also helped to establish the discipline of computer science, laying the foundations for what we now call artificial intelligence (AI).

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 30, 2019, with the headline 'We, the Robots?'. Subscribe