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If a machine is programmed to have thoughts, emotion and critical thinking, plus self awareness, would it be alive? Given legal autonomy?

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Aside from sci-fi no one knows how to program a machine to think, have emotions, or do critical thinking let alone be self-aware. We really don't know what any of those things actually are yet. Computers can be made to look smart or even self-aware, but they are still nothing more than player pianos with the ability to execute this piece of code or that piece of code depending on data conditions. The reasoning is all in the mind of the software designers.

FreeDave Level 6 Aug 14, 2018

Why does anyone consider this a good idea? We can barely take care of each other. So along with the steadily increasing population of meat bags, we're adding silicon based sentience to the list. We don't deserve them. And why add emotions? Because they've worked out so well for us? Put that crap on the backburner until we sort ourselves out.

Hicks66 Level 7 Aug 13, 2018

Saudi Arabia granted citizenship to a robot (Sofia) last year. Soon, AI will be designing its own neural networks to meet requirements it has established. The singularity is coming whether we want it to or not. There will come a time, probably in our lifetimes, when AI, having already surpassed human beings in processing capacity, becomes self aware. Try getting the nations of the world to consider agreeing to hold back. It's a global competition, and if it's not the US, it's China or Russia or Singapore or Japan or Korea or Germany or Finland, etc.


it would be a very alien creature so much of what we learn is tied to other senses touch taste etc that a purely logical creature with no other senses might struggle in our world

weeman Level 7 Aug 13, 2018

Didn’t Stephen Hawking warn us about artificial intelligence becoming smarter than us. He said it would be the end of it is not a road we should travel too far down in my opinion,


If a machine achieves sentient self-awareness (i.e. can think for itself, make autonomous decisions, can imagine new ideas, and can understand and have emotions), it absolutely is alive and should therefore be given the same rights as any other sentient species. We do not get to decide what life is for anyone but ourselves. Of course, like all sentient species, it would have to find is own source of "food", shelter, etc. without infringing on anyone else, otherwise it would be a criminal and would/should be treated as such. But since you can't kill something so rare, morally speaking, prison time would most likely be the sentence, depending on the severity of the crime. Barring it turning to a life of crime, it should have every right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness that everyone else has.

Kafirah Level 8 Aug 13, 2018

Think about what your saying. To program to have thoughts is imagination. The are no rules or boundaries for imagination.
To program you are giving commands or instructions. You are setting rules and boundaries by programming. So it's an impossibility to program imagination/ creativity. The machine would not compute a command for no rules.

powder Level 8 Aug 13, 2018

Perhaps they’d come up with a standard for “non biological life” which had a looser definition. If it could think I would imagine it might end up asking for ‘robot rights’ and legal autonomy, which would be amusing.

Denker Level 7 Aug 13, 2018

It shouldn't because it could still be programmed with a great deal of bias, triggered by circumstance. Like genes switching on or off.

Qualia Level 8 Aug 13, 2018
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