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  • Scientists Are Discussing "Robots Rights"

    This is an interesting article that I figured you guys would appreciate:

    http://www.ft.com/cms/s/5ae9b434-8f8...0779e2340.html

    Too bad Asimov's not around to discuss this heh.
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  • #2
    Originally posted by SmileOfTheShadow
    This is an interesting article that I figured you guys would appreciate:

    http://www.ft.com/cms/s/5ae9b434-8f8...0779e2340.html

    Too bad Asimov's not around to discuss this heh.

    People have too much goddamn time on their hands if this is the stuff they're thinking up these days. I mean, Jesus. Just download porn and fap to it like the rest of us do in our spare time.

    Meanwhile, I will continue to oppress every robot I come in contact with.
    "I don't find myself in the same luxury as you. You grew up in freedom, and you can spit on freedom, because you don't know what it is not to have freedom." ---Ayaan Hirsi Ali

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    • #3
      I was astonished somebody got paid to write that. It's like saying, "Hey, one day we might have flying cars, so we should start thinking about air traffic lights and air stop signs now. Sheesh.

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      • #4
        That article is not a weird as it may sound. British ships can be called up for compulsory military service. This happened to the cruise liners during the Falklands War. The function, needs and correct treatment of machines are very different from those of humans.
        Andrew Swallow

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        • #5
          brits are strange man!!!!

          and to me it sounds too much like a guy sitting alone reading WAY too much azimov and never getting laid

          now in 3 or 4 HUNDRED years this may become an issue, unfortunatly the jury is still out on HUMAN rights before we get to robot rights

          now woul di love a society in which we had a slave race of robots to do all the work for us and i could concentrate on things i wanted to do without worring about finaces because the whole global economy woul dbe vastly diffrent....well yes i would enjoy that very much but unless someone invents prolong or rejuv or an antiagathic soon i doubt i will

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Lunan
            now woul di love a society in which we had a slave race of robots to do all the work for us and i could concentrate on things i wanted to do without worring about finaces because the whole global economy woul dbe vastly diffrent....well yes i would enjoy that very much but unless someone invents prolong or rejuv or an antiagathic soon i doubt i will
            I think I've seen enough sci-fi movies to know that the robots would eventually rebel.

            But I will never server their kind in my cantina.
            "I don't find myself in the same luxury as you. You grew up in freedom, and you can spit on freedom, because you don't know what it is not to have freedom." ---Ayaan Hirsi Ali

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            • #7
              Which brings us to the question what exactly one would have to serve to a droid in a cantina. Oil?
              What's up Drakh?

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              • #8
                They go nuts for sushi ... apparently.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by AmyG
                  I was astonished somebody got paid to write that. It's like saying, "Hey, one day we might have flying cars, so we should start thinking about air traffic lights and air stop signs now. Sheesh.
                  Er... Amy... NASA was working on the digital equivalents of these things right up to 9/11. The plan has morphed some, and they've moved away from the "everyone will be using flying cars in their commutes" spiel, but autonomous navigation, including takeoffs and landings, are still being researched.

                  FP

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                  • #10
                    My point is that it's not news, it's just pointless (at this time) speculation. "Flying cars" was just the first 'blue-sky' kind of concept that came to mind. As I am not following the research in this area, I'm sure I'd have been very surprised if Chevy came out with a flying car next year. I could have used "changeling nets" instead.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by AmyG
                      My point is that it's not news, it's just pointless (at this time) speculation. "Flying cars" was just the first 'blue-sky' kind of concept that came to mind. As I am not following the research in this area, I'm sure I'd have been very surprised if Chevy came out with a flying car next year. I could have used "changeling nets" instead.
                      Chevy won't be, but there might just be one or two models that actually do come out in the next decade.

                      My beef was NASA betting on flying cars being common, which is just pure BS.

                      FP

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                      • #12
                        AI isn't even close to anything remotely autonomous or independent, let alone measurably self-aware, and this is the crap we come up with? *sigh* My brain hurts. Let the fiction writers hash this out - they're better at the imaginary than scientists are.
                        Radhil Trebors
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                        • #13
                          Some government scientists have way too much time on their hands. Could someone find some real work for them, please?

                          Hell, even if robots reach the level of intelligence and autonomy needed to file a lawsuit, they will have only risen to parity with Lawyers, and they still won't be anywhere close to acheiving genuine Humanity.

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