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Salim Huerta
  • Salim Huerta
  • Flat Rock
  • United States Minor Outlying Islands

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The plausibility of artificially intelligent robots becoming conscious and therefore becoming slaves of humans and the ethical implications.

It is becoming increasingly clear that with advances in technology and esoteric subject areas we are going to develop conscious or conscius simulating robots that will become commercially available.


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  • Sep 25 2012: So we're worried about the rights of robots and yet we continue to avoid granting the rights to humans?
    Something here seems seriously and mentally out of whack.

    Bring up the subject of human rights and you will certainly receive a fair share of those voices who don't believe in them, who will demonize and label them, and even belittle the person who raised the issue.

    Human rights are still not recognized globally, they are resisted and held back from becoming a reality in practice, so much so, that at least one person said the only right a human has after birth, is death.

    Seems like this subject doesn't care for priorities.

    Artificial intelligence is already here and in great numbers. It is in the form of brainwashed humans who have been told what to believe, what to think, what to say, what to do, what not to believe, what not to think, what not to say and what not to do.

    It is in virtually every kind of institution we have and functions with the threat of occupational termination at the very least, if one doesn't be a team player, buy and espouse the party line, sacrifice oneself for the company, be it a corporation, an educational institution, our medical institutions, political, judicial, legislative institutions, our Fascist religious organizations, ad nauseum.

    They are mental robots who have been made into artificial intelligent beings who already work and function as willing slaves.

    Why isn't it a priority to free them first and foremost? Maybe it is because it is becoming more "common" but most wrongly call that "normal" and therefore faster than one can imagine, it is insidiously infiltrating and infecting the world of human interaction.

    Technology was created to free people, not enslave them nor simply put them out of work so that they find it nigh on impossible to survive, as billions currently experience and more will soon follow and learn first hand.
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      Sep 26 2012: I agree with you, however that is not what I was referring to. The problem of people being denied basic rights and freedom is more of a political and economic issue. Robotics could possibly improve the lives of unfortunate individuals as long as wealth they create is not unevenly distributed to those who own the robots and instead is used to improve their quality of life. the conversation is more directed in the view of what to do about the robot'r rights as a thought experiment, but you brought up a valid point.
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      Oct 2 2012: We might need to define where exactly these "rights" emanate from.
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        Oct 3 2012: Our subjective perception of the positive effect giving inalienable rights to individuals has on our society as a whole.
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        Oct 4 2012: I'll be sure to watch it when I get the time, from the first few minutes of it I got the feeling of self evolving robotics which is very promising as therefore there could be a much more rapid progression in intelligence and design.

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