Artificial Intelligence and Issues of Morality Analytical Essay by Master Researcher

Artificial Intelligence and Issues of Morality
An examination of the issue of artificial intelligence and whether it would be 'wrong' to destroy a sentient robot.
# 36392 | 1,400 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Oct 07, 2003 in Computer and Technology (Technology) , Ethics (General)

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This paper debates the issue of artificial intelligence and explains the perspective of materialists as well as the definitions of consciousness and intelligence. The paper shows how although the field of artificial intelligence is progressing by leaps and bounds, it is and will remain artificial in its scope. Thus, the paper draws the conclusion that this intelligence will never be human, and so it will have no rights nor will we have any moral concerns in its destruction.

From the Paper:

"The pairing of innovative technologies with scientific discoveries about the brain opens new ways of handling information, treating diseases, and possibly creating robots with human characteristics. However, if humans are able to create sentient robots, that is, robots who have a sense of the self-will they be treated as humans---this is the basis of a debate that few know the answer to. Yet, no matter how human like the robots become they will in essence not have the same functional ability that man is capable off. The emotional and cognitive level of thought will be lower and thus, destroying the robot would not be wrong.
"Are minds and bodies distinct? If so, how do they interact? There are still no good answers. But spurred by recent work in neuroscience and artificial intelligence today's philosophers are trying harder than ever to find some. Scientists have gone far towards understanding the brain without discovering a spirit or soul. Though the soul's elusiveness is hardly news to a science-minded world, a more pressing redundancy looms. Neurologists can explain in impressive detail how brains control bodies. Never do their findings reveal or seem to require an immaterial mind."

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