The capabilities approach as a bridge between animals and robots
Title: The capabilities approach as a bridge between animals and robots
Author: LAUKYTE, Migle
Series/Number: EUI MWP; 2013/05
In this paper I argue that robots, understood as artificially intelligent and autonomous entities, may one day be regarded as subjects of rights. The argument is built by looking at Martha Nussbaum’s capabilities approach, and especially its application to supporting animal entitlements: I draw an analogy between animals and robots by arguing that if what matters is not so much the inherent worth of a (human or non-human) agent, but what an agent is capable of doing so as to live a dignified life, then there is no reason why in the future robots should not have their capabilities recognized and protected as well. The paper unfolds this idea in detail, addressing two main objections to it and arguing that the capabilities approach might be the right way to deal with robots in the future.
Subject: Artificial intelligence; Capabilities approach; Robots
Type of Access: openAccess; openAccess