Brant Gaede Posted April 5, 2016 Share Posted April 5, 2016 6 hours ago, Marcus said: By definition, a robot that can think for itself is not a tool, it has rights. That is my point. The robot would not improve its "usefulness" for man, it would do so for itself and pursue it's own values irregardless of man. I think it's better to say if a robot had free will, not "think for itself." Or, even better, was a free-willed thinker. Free will assumes consciousness itself. If someone--something--isn't conscious, how can it choose? Thinking--for humans--is an autonomous action. Hence individuality then individual rights. Who's to say robots of the future aren't going to be doing group thinking? Or humans? The robots we're talking about are evolved from what we have today. Maybe humans are going to self evolve through electronics and/or biology into group thinkers. Humans today are pretty much the same biologically as they were 10,000 years ago--even 40,000. It's hard to imagine any human 10,000 years from now saying the same about us. Electronic technology is accelerating. The manipulation of biology is hardly yet started. Electronics have just begun to be implanted--pace makers--into humans. --Brant getting ahead of ourselves Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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