come on silky,

the answer you know yourself of course.

artificial is artificial. to say you are alive, you must be able to
reflect on yourself. you must be able to
create and to understand without someone teaching you and most
important there is nobody who turns
you on or off (exept your girlfriend ;)). real life has any joice, ai
has a programmed joice...nothing else.

all the best

On 18 Jan., 06:21, silky <> wrote:
> I'm not sure if this question is appropriate here, nevertheless, the
> most direct way to find out is to ask it :)
> Clearly, creating AI on a computer is a goal, and generally we'll try
> and implement to the same degree of computational"ness" as a human.
> But what would happen if we simply tried to re-implement the
> consciousness of a cat, or some "lesser" consciousness, but still
> alive, entity.
> It would be my (naive) assumption, that this is arguably trivial to
> do. We can design a program that has a desire to 'live', as desire to
> find mates, and otherwise entertain itself. In this way, with some
> other properties, we can easily model simply pets.
> I then wonder, what moral obligations do we owe these programs? Is it
> correct to turn them off? If so, why can't we do the same to a real
> life cat? Is it because we think we've not modelled something
> correctly, or is it because we feel it's acceptable as we've created
> this program, and hence know all its laws? On that basis, does it mean
> it's okay to "power off" a real life cat, if we are confident we know
> all of it's properties? Or is it not the knowning of the properties
> that is critical, but the fact that we, specifically, have direct
> control over it? Over its internals? (i.e. we can easily remove the
> lines of code that give it the desire to 'live'). But wouldn't, then,
> the removal of that code be equivelant to killing it? If not, why?
> Apologies if this is too vague or useless; it's just an idea that has
> been interesting me.
> --
> silky
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