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Writer's Block: Humans and Cylons

The final episodes of Battlestar Galactica begin today. The sci-fi drama often explores the relationship between humans and machines. At what point do we consider a machine with artificial intelligence to be an individual with its own feelings and rights?
That's a tough question because what is it that makes an individual an individual? I think a machine can be considered artificial intelligence if it can think and talk for itself and have some semblence of remorse for wrong doing. Whether that is a moral code or not it would have to be present if we were to be considered an individual that has rights. Any machine that has thoughts and movements done by an "operator" would not be considered an individual.

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