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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?

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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 Should robots be given rights as well?. Subscribe