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Robot Consciousness

on April 1, 2012

In class we mentioned the idea that a “robot consciousness” which is a possibility reality that could come to the forefront in a matter of years.  Based on the way that our technology is progressing, it is certainly believable that such a circumstance could be an issue in our lifetimes.  Faced with this problem, the question on floor remains what do we do when our technologically advanced machines  gain a consciousness and wants things?  The general answer is that us mere humans would not be able to grasp or recognize such a response (uprising) from our technology.  As humans continually dumb down our technology,  I think that it is certainly possible that such an uprising could have or is already happening, and I will be the first to admit that I would be one of the last people to recognize this.  At first I considered the possibility that I could tell the difference between an inanimate thing which has no feeling, and an animate one which most of the times does.  But after we watched the Kara video, it is evident that the line between human feelings and robot “feelings” are becoming more and more blurred.

I think that it is and will be extremely difficult for humans to grasps and be okay with the idea of a machine consciousness.  In no way do we want to feel like we are exploiting our technological gadgets at our expense.  But as humans who bought a machine or invested time in creating a gadget, we do want, and expects at most times, for our machines to do a particular job or achieve a certain purpose (especially if a machine was expensive, we don’t want our money to go to waste).  I’m not sure how many people would be comfortable with (or willing to) giving our machines a rest because it wants a break or has some other feelings.  In such an instance it seems that humans would be empathetic to a machine consciousness up to a certain point.  Or in other words, humans want to care, AS LONG AS our machines still do their jobs.  If humans do care about their machine’s consciousness up to a certain point, I wonder if society as a whole has become the slave owners of America’s past?

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2 responses to “Robot Consciousness

  1. Well, you don’t quite want to jump the gun and give machines equal rights… or do you?

    But after we watched the Kara video, it is evident that the line between human feelings and robot “feelings” are becoming more and more blurred.

    What was it in this video that for you made the line between human and robot feelings evidently more blurred?

    • younghea says:

      I think that it was the part where Kara started to cry, that made it seem like the line between human and robot feelings are being blurred. Who would have thought that we could feel sorry for a robot?

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