Talons Philosophy

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Darby Bros. Miraculous Electric Thinking Engine: Ethics Edition

Question: Is it murder to remove the power supply to a self-aware, thinking machine.

Sub-Question 1: What is a machine? Consider that humans are made by man, internally.

Sub-Question 2: What is Self-Aware? What is the criteria that determines whether or not an entity is sentient?

Sub-Question 3: A machine may have power returned to it, and may function once more. What effect does this resurrection have on the main question of murder?


Personal Interest:    For most of my life, I have been exposed to artificial intelligences in one form or another. I saw Red Dwarf when I was young, a science fiction comedy with jokes and innuendo I completely missed; of the five characters in the show, two of them are robotic. I, Robot, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, Hitch-hikers guide to the Galaxy, Starship Titanic, Terminator,  The Long Earth, Portal 1 and 2, Gunnerkrigg Court and more. These books, films, documentaries, television, radio shows and more are rife with artificial intelligence; many of which pose questions I would not have asked on my own. In addition, when I go home each day, my brother interrupts whatever I’m doing to explain what he’s working on. What he’s working on, incidentally, are artificial intelligences. Programs which learn and develop. He produced a chess A.I with his class this last month. I’ve been looking into programs and intelligences which do what was long considered uniquely human, purely possible only to the organic.

Its something of a perfect storm.


Reading:  The basic question of artificial intelligence. How much power should they be given? Can one develop views, opinions, prejudices, or connections that are unfair?



Artificial Consciousness and senses. Morality and Ethics






Where to next?

I’m going to read through all these. I’m going to formulate my own views as well as see what other views exist. I’m going to deconstruct what reasons may be behind each view.


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