Big Think asks the question:  Does conscious AI deserve rights?

Given that we still have trouble defining consciousness in ourselves, this debate resides largely in the philosophical realm rather than the legal or scientific arenas – for now anyways.

Don’t let the first few seconds of him talking Swedish scare you off, he switches to English for the remainder of this insightful talk.
Max Tegmark is a Professor doing physics and AI research at MIT, and advocates for positive use of technology. He is the author of over 200 publications as well as the New York Times bestsellers “Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence” and “Our Mathematical Universe: My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality”.

Humans have been trying to quantify consciousness for at least as long as there have been written records and, likely, this search for understanding predates written records.

This is an area where recent advances in math and AI research starts shedding new light on an old topic. In this TEDx talk, Max Tegmark explores the notion of consciousness as an emergent mathematical pattern.