On 2/19/2018 7:11 PM, John Clark wrote:
Keith Douglas Farnsworth. Can a Robot Have Free Will? Entropy 19, no.
5 (2017): 237.
a precise, scientifically inspired, definition of free-will is
offered and the essential requirements for an agent to possess it
in principle are set out. These are: (a) there must be a self to
is self determined, its internal clockwork determines what it will
(b) there must be a non-zero probability of more than one option
There is more than one state a
or a radioactive atom could end up in.
there must be an internal means of choosing among options (which
is not merely random, /
You can't have it both ways, either the choice was determined by cause
and effect and it
a cuckoo clock
or it was not and therefore
a random roulette wheel
So tell me what the hell "free will" is supposed to mean and I'll
tell you if robots can have free will or not.
It means a decision process leading to action which is not predictable
and is difficult to influence by external motivations, so that it shows
consistency of purpose and intelligence in achieving it.
P.S. robots can have it.
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