Re: AI rights need to be implemented ASAP. But how?

From: Phil Goetz (
Date: Fri Jan 13 2006 - 21:02:57 MST

--- Phillip Huggan <> wrote:

> Why will *computer programs* above a complexity threshold necessarily
> have feelings? I don't believe electrons and silicon will do it for
> machines the way ions and carbon does it for us. It is not likely
> any arbitrary computer substrate can give rise to minds. There is a
> fundamental lack of appreciation for they way our brains are
> different than are computer chips, legos, wooden abacuses, etc. Sure
> a program could find a blueprint to a mind and engineer it, then we
> are talking turkey. But I'm sure our legislators have good reason
> not to believe mere computer codes can be conscious.

Yes, I'm sure our legislators have considered the matter thoroughly and
would not fall into any of the obvious traps that some more naive soul
- say, a Philosophy professor from Berkeley, or a Nobel-winning
physicist - might.

You forgot to mention that computers don't have souls.

- Phil

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