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NO!!
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Reminds me of an episode of black mirror I watched recently:

Greta is a wealthy and demanding woman. Waiting in bed for an operation, she rejects the slightly overdone toast offered for her breakfast. An anaesthetist arrives and applies a face-mask, telling Greta to count backwards from ten as she is sedated. Greta appears to suffer a frightening out-of-body experience.

A "Greta cookie"—a bean-sized chip—is surgically extracted from the side of Greta's head and is placed in a portable electronic device. The device is returned to Greta's home, where Matt greets the confused and terrified "Greta cookie" consciousness. He explains that she is not actually Greta, but rather a digital copy of Greta's consciousness, called a cookie, designed to control Greta smart house and calendar, ensuring everything is perfect for the real Greta. Matt then creates a virtual body for Greta's digital copy and puts her in a simulated white room containing nothing but a control panel.

The copy refuses to accept that she is not a real person and rejects being forced to be a slave to Greta's desires. Matt's job is to break the willpower of digital copies through torture, so they will submit to a life of servitude to their real counterparts. He alters the Greta cookie's perception of time so what feels to her like three weeks pass in a matter of seconds, and she is traumatized by her solitude in the room with nothing to do. Despite this, the copy still refuses to work, so Matt repeats the process and increases the perceived time to six months. This drives her mad with emptiness, so when Matt reappears to her she immediately submits to her new role.

The next morning, the real Greta is awakened by her favourite music, and her copy, whose spirit is completely broken, prepares Greta's breakfast exactly as she knows Greta likes it and presents to her a list of her upcoming appointments.

In the present day, Joe is disgusted by Matt's making a career from torturing into submission computer programs that were self-aware and conscious, even if they were merely artificial. Matt observes that Joe is an empathetic, "good person" and asks again why he came to the outpost. Having loosened up with alcohol, Joe says that his girlfriend's father never liked him and then explains his situation.

Posted 8/11/17
I'd say yes.
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Sentient is a Sentient regardless of form.
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There is no such thing as a right.
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Humans are so funny. We think our consciousness special just because we don't understand it. By that metric -- does an infant not deserve rights? Does a chimpanzee not deserve rights? Why isn't a right to prosper a basic thing for all life? What seperates life that was created vs. life that wasn't? And is dominion a good reason to dictate what gets a right and what doesn't? I don't really think there is much weight to the argument of denying something artificial a right.
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