Bots & The Right To Free Speech

Do you believe that you should have the right to know whether or not you’re talking to a bot?  And what about the bot? Do they deserve the same rights that you do, and the right to keep that information from you?

These questions have arose ever since Google took over Duplex, a very human-like artificial intelligence that makes phone calls on people’s behalf.

Bots are online accounts that seem as though they are powered by a human, but in fact are powered by  artificial intelligence. They are now highly common all over the internet, especially so on social media sites.

Some people think that legally, these bots must declare themselves to be non human.  At the same time, others believe that it violates the rights of the bot, feeling as though bots should have the very same First Amendment right as humans in America do.

Many people claim that these bots significantly contribute to fake news and give false credibility to various messages.  On the other hand, there is in fact a non-profit created to protect civil liberties in the digital age, and highly supports the freedom of speech for artificial intelligence.  They argue that most bots are merely an outlet for their human creators, and that disclosing the fact that the bot is not a human could negatively effect the creator’s ability to express themselves.

In the First Amendment, it does not specifically state that freedom of speech is human speech.

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