On 03 Jan 2014, at 23:10, meekerdb wrote:

On 1/3/2014 11:38 AM, Jason Resch wrote:

On Fri, Jan 3, 2014 at 2:34 PM, meekerdb <meeke...@verizon.net> wrote:
On 1/3/2014 1:14 AM, Bruno Marchal wrote:
Let's say that I built a computer system and showed you the theoretical basis for a claim that it will be self-aware. Will you switch it on? I am serious!

Why not? The real question is "do we have the right to switch it off?"

If you switch it off, it just continues in another branch of the multiverse. So how are you going to decide whether it's better or worse to switch it off? And if we give it political rights, what will be the punishment for violating them by switching it off?...switching it back on?

To be fair, it should be whatever punishment is fair for knocking you out with chloroform and then placing you in a medically induced coma for some unspecified time period.

Is there a penalty now for doing that to a dog?  A mouse?

If such an action is gratuitous, it should be. But "killing mouse" can be justified if it can save humans, usually. This leads to the complex question of the right of plants and animals. It is a bit out of the topics. The idea is that machines' right might lead to similar complex question, in some not so near future. We will need the intimate conviction of the members of the jury.



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