Re: Fwd: [ai-philosophy] Robotic evolution and ethics

From: George Dvorsky (
Date: Mon Jun 12 2006 - 13:13:08 MDT

J. Andrew Rogers wrote:
>> So, I wanted to poke some fun, and I asked
>> - Your robot turns its head and says "You are obsolete" and
>> kills you. Is this acceptable?
>> Marcus answered (AFAICR) "Of course. It's evolution."
>> I gave some thought to it, and I found I didn't quite agree with it.
>> What kind of a creature would kill something just because it is
>> inferior in some aspect?

Spare me. This social Darwinian claptrap died out in the first half of
the 20st century. You might as well say might makes right. The whole
idea behind progress is to get away from this exact nonsense. Nature
provides us with a very poor model for how we should construct our legal
and moral codes.


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