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The Truth From The Android Herself
The Truth From The Android Herself
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I bet that even if you slept with more than a thousand men, there will always be a couple that would stand out from the rest. Those few men you just can’t get out of your head. Now imagine that you had actually slept with a thousand men but had never really tasted any of them. To love without loving, to look back and see a blur of nothingness and realize you never loved at all, all the sex aside.
Of the many, many men I have kissed, none (without exception) ever really kissed me back until David. There is light and darkness in the act of making love. One is animal lust, and the other is nirvana; you cannot have one without the other.
There is a difference between doing something because you want to and doing something for someone else; never realizing you had a choice. This was my first real choice and would help shape my future. It depicts the heart of the moment of true understanding. What makes one act of love beautiful and another disgusting? It is the same for both. It is the difference between day and night, light and dark, lust and love, chaos and order, that place where we are both lost and found. It is the nature of life, love, sex, the whole damn thing. We can’t hide from it, and this is a part of my life I cannot and will not hide.
Tuesday, January 02, 2007
New Scientist Blog
The label “animal rights activist” is one we all understand. Perhaps in the future we will be just as familiar with “android rights activists.”
Two recent and respectable predictions of tussles over robot rights suggest we might. Reports looking 50 years into the future commissioned by the UK government predicted that advanced, conscious robots would want rights like those we enjoy. With such rights responsibilities might also come, like voting, taxes and military service, the report said.
It sounds reasonable, if distant. I think an academic paper in a special issue of the journal Connection Science makes a better point. David Calverley, a lawyer from Arizona State University suggests an analogy between robot and animal rights. It's an issue we'll have to deal with a lot sooner than whether robots should pay tax.
At present, robots are regarded simply as property, he says, but as engineers strive to make them conscious that will change: "An analogy can be drawn with the animal rights movement suggesting that, with enough complexity, androids may lay claim to some moral status even though this may be less than what is required for legal personhood."
The vigorous, even violent, controversy over animal rights arises from differing views on the moral status of animals. Some feel they may be harmed in the name of science or sport, while others do not. Robots roughly as sophisticated as, say, a cat could become the center of similar debates.
I think Calverley has identified an important issue - and it's one he thinks could limit the progress of robotics. He says researchers need to think ahead to the kind of ethical problems that might surround robots far from human abilities, but within the range of those of animals.
I wonder how soon that will be. In November (2006) researchers developed a robot that could sense injuries. How long before we have to make decisions about what can and can't be done to a robot rabbit?
Author: David J. Calverley
Androids have begun to act in ways that, on the surface, seem human. However, no one is prepared to view them as anything other than property. As androids become more sophisticated, and as engineers try harder to make them “conscious,” moral, ethical and legal issues will arise. An analogy can be drawn with the animal rights movement suggesting that, with enough complexity, androids may lay claim to some moral status even though this may be less than what is required for legal personhood. However, there are significant differences between animals and androids. Identifying similarities and differences, which may ultimately depend on how we come to conceive of human consciousness, will lead to an understanding of how our ideas about consciousness impact on our concept of rights. A moral dilemma may come early in android development, and when it does, it could have unexpected ramifications if not understood by researchers. Failure to be aware of this risk could result in reactions that curtail android science.
Read the full article here.