May 27, 2009
Artificial Intelligence. Do they have minds, consciousness, spirit?
Thinking into the future, I think we’d all assume that at some point there will be artificial intelligence swarming the streets of our cities. Presumably (though influenced by scifi movies), we’ll eventually be living side-by-side with robots and maybe even aliens.
But how about the ethics of dealing with artificial intelligence? Would we consider them worthy of the same rights and recognition humans receive? Will they be treated like ‘one of us’?
Personally, I believe that as long as any artificial intelligence has the capabilities of feeling and understanding like humans do… they’d be considered ‘alive’. And in this case, as long as this criteria is achieved, artificial intelligence should be no different to us. We should treat them the same, with respect and dignity.
But there are arguments against such views. For example, will you be murdering a robot if you were to ‘switch it off’ even though they feel and understand just as much as any of us?
Or another argument: artificial intelligence is still artificial. Some believe that they will never be equal to humans because they’re man-made.
But if you think about it… artificial intelligence is engineered to do with man cannot. They are made to be more superior than the ‘naturally evolved’ humans that already exist. So if this is the case, then won’t the artificial intelligence be more worthy than any human?
This is of course presuming that artificial intelligence will be a permanent asset to society.
April 30, 2009
Hm, the evolution of man.
This is a topic I have not thought alot on.
I have though been fascinated about the way we’ve evolved throughout the years that have been documented in history.
The idea that we stem from the cave men who once lived, is purely fascinating. Whether we’ve evolved from any form of monkey species before that – I’m not sure. And it is not something I will take a side on as I don’t know enough to make an educated guess.
But all that is known to us, after that point, is great. How is it that man could adapt from what we were to what we are now? How it is that originally the skins of animals we killed which served as the only thing that was worn, evolve to a society of fashion and glamour?
Fascinating really. But when I look at the development we’ve made in the last few years, I can see how such an evolvement is possible. I mean, look at the latest technology for example! The ipod! What an additive to our technological society. Fantastic.
And laptops? Brilliant. They get smaller by the day.
Hm. Found a funny little clip on youtube. It explores the evolvement of man and weapon. Its so true its funny.