In my philosophy class last semester I read two articles about the discussion of whether or not artificial intelligence could possibly be considered conscious, a person, and/or capable of having a soul.
The word person is used, in this case, by its philosophical definition.
Here's the wiki page just for some background information.
Though the page mentions the man who argues against the possibility of AI being more then machines based on the above terms, Searle, I couldn't find Lycan with his speculatively detailed argument. Basically Lycan gave us two hypothetical situations where he finds the possiblity of AI managing the above states. (This can be found in his work "Robots and Minds")
The first one includes the description and establishment of a hypothetical model of AI, built in humanoid shape that could do just about any function humans could do, like keep a conversation and other examples (That aren't on the brain at the moment). In Lycan's discussion, this imaginary humanoid goes by the name of Harry, who has lifelike skin and biologically engineered to be similar to a human. Since he could function like a human, could he possibly be considered a person, or be considered conscious? (I shouldn't be using 'he', more like 'it' at the moment).
Then there's the argument of a woman who's body was replaced with Artificial organs and parts all up to the brain, would she still be considered human/a person/conscious?
That's just a little insight on some of the ideas on this topic. My main inspiration and my goal for this thread is to see the general opinions of the community and see how people can justify thier beliefs. (But a general opinion is fine too. I'd like to see the direction the community leans towards)