Re: theos-l digest/cloning/AI
Feb 19, 1999 04:03 AM
> Yes, but cloning is not main place where efforts to
create new labor class are
> to be found. There is push in AI (artificial intelligence) branch of computer
> science. There is low AI (creating robotic machines that are computer
> controlled) and high AI (creating human-like intelligence). This raises
> deeper issues. If made, will such totally artificial human-machine have soul?
> Will it be person or property? Is such even possible? The flipside of these
> questions is a scary, materialist, and quasi-fascist implication. It is
> already raised in computer science, cognitive science, and engineering. If
> these artificial intelligences are not persons, but despite appearances, are
> only a special form of non-life that appears to be life (silicon-based), then
> are humans also only a wierd form of non-life (carbon-based) not entitled to
> any special status or rights?
What I know of AI, is mostly that it is surrounded by a lot
of publicity and hype, but that it is not very successfull.
The recreating of even the simple skill of a bug, to walk
around, takes so much energy, that I am not personally
worried that a conscious being, capable of making choices
for itself, is in the pipeline any time soon.
That seems to me the criteria we would have to worry about.
Can a conscious being make choices, than it should be
allowed that freedom, if those choices do not interfere
with the freedom of other conscious beings.
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