A Theoretical Appraise of the Rights of Human and Robots in the Emerging Nigerian Industrial Environment

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International Journal of Research and Innovation in Social Science (IJRISS) | Volume V, Issue X, October 2021 | ISSN 2454–6186

A Theoretical Appraise of the Rights of Human and Robots in the Emerging Nigerian Industrial Environment

Ake Okechukwu
Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Rumuolumini Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria

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Abstract: The human and robot rights’ debate in relation to their roles in the work place has persistently triggered question of ‘robot responsibility and has invoked some of the most differentiated opinions in artificial intelligent ethics. In contributing to the existing debate about this construct, this paper focused on the theoretical appraise of the rights of human and robots in the emerging industrial environment. The paper established that while some scholars and professionals advocate or supports the granting robots’ rights on a par with human beings, others, in a blunt disagreement contends that robots are not worthy of rights but are objects that should be our slaves. This paper contends that denying robots ‘rights is not acceptable, and that robots, as artifacts evolving out of and arbitrating human being, are the kinds of things that could be granted rights in the workplace. Since robots are seen as mediators of human being, it then becomes very pertinent to understand how the ‘robot and human rights’ debate is focused on first world problems, at the expense of urgent ethical concerns, such as machine prejudice, machine provoked human labour mistreatment, and attrition of discretion all impacting society’s least advantaged individuals. The paper concludes that, if human being is the starting point and human well-being is the primary focus, the negative impacts emerging from human treatment of machine makes it clear that the advocacy for robots tight is not over emphasized.


Background to the Study

There has been a plethora of gaps in literature in relation to the conventional deliberation on automation, the induction of new technologies at the workplace and the future of work, especially as it concerns the interaction of human and robotic technology in modern organization. This ensuing discussion has paid critical attention basically on the number of jobs that will be lost as a aftermath of the utilization of robotics or machines in modern organization through the rising adventure in technological innovation (De Stefano,2018).