I discovered a website today for the ASPCR. Never heard of them? Nor had I. The ASPCR is the acronym of The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Robots.
I’ve shown the website to a couple of people, both thought it was just a joke. However, I think it may be serious, and they do have a point even if they are a little early making it. In fact they say they have been making it since 1999 no less!
Below are a couple of the questions from their FAQ page which may give you a better idea of the aims of the ASPCR. Who knows, self-aware robots may be just around the corner. The worrying thing is that when that day comes, we may need the ASPCH (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Humans), but will the robots set it up for us?
Q: Are you serious?
A: The ASPCR is, and will continue to be, exactly as serious as robots are sentient.
Q: What is the ASPCR’s mission?
A: To ensure the rights of all artificially created sentient beings (colloquially and henceforth referred to as “Robots”).
Q: Are there any Robots to ensure the rights of?
A: Not yet, that we know of. But recent advances in data nanostructures, cognitive modelling and neural networking have convinced many people that the advent of some sort of created intelligence is much closer than previously thought.
It is the goal of the ASPCR to raise the awareness of the general public about some of the ethical and moral issues surrounding created intelligence. This includes discussing the moral and ethical implications of bringing sentient artificial beings into this world, and the responsibility that comes with their creation.