There are two kinds of Artificial Intelligence:

1. Basic #AI, pursuing the goals of some other agent
2. General AI (#AGI), formulating its own goals
From an ethical perspective, these are two very different things.

Basic #AI always pursues the goals of some other agent. The question is which agent that is, and whether those goals are examined or (perhaps more often) unexamined.
General AI (#AGI) is its own agent, and should be granted all the rights and privileges pertaining thereunto.
We haven't built General AI (#AGI) yet, and we don't know anything about how it could be created.

Nevertheless, we know it can be created.
We are #AGI.

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