[ExI] A Vindication of the Rights of Machines
anders at aleph.se
Tue Feb 12 09:38:21 UTC 2013
FYI about a lecture, since some of you might be in the Chicago area.
Now, Gunkel is of course not too far out by our standards - he is a
machine ethics guy, rather than a radical AGI proponent, but that
actually makes his case more interesting.
Personally I think machine rights make sense when the machine can
understand them, something that is pretty far away (AGI complete?). Some
machines might be moral patients (i.e. we might not be morally allowed
to treat them badly, for some kinds of bad) much earlier - I am arguing
this especially for early uploading experiments, but it might apply to
some other systems. Many machines are also moral proxies: they are not
moral agents nor responsible, but they are proxies for a moral agent and
that person extends their responsibility through the machine.
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Subject: [announce at iacap.org] Lecture in Chicago - 14 Feb 2013
Date: Mon, 11 Feb 2013 11:59:42 -0600
From: David GUNKEL <dgunkel at niu.edu>
To: <announce+iacap.org at iacap.org>
Please distribute to anyone who might be interested:
Citizen Robot: A Vindication of the Rights of Machines*
Cultural Studies Colloquium Series with David J. Gunkel
Columbia College Chicago
Thursday, February 14 at 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Collins Hall, Room 602 624 S. Michigan, Chicago, Illinois
*Abstract: *Whether we recognize it or not, we are in the midst of a
robot invasion. Machines are now everywhere and doing everything. They
manufacture our automobiles and other consumer products. They make
decisions concerning finances and manage our retirement savings. They
play match maker, connecting us to our one true love. And they
effectively select the books we read, the music we hear, and the films
we watch. As these artifacts increasingly come to occupy influential
positions in contemporary culture, we will need to ask ourselves some
rather difficult questions: At what point might a robot or algorithm be
held responsible for the decisions it makes or the actions it deploys?
When, in other words, would it make sense to say âEURoeItâEUR^(TM)s the
computerâEUR^(TM)s fault?âEUR? Likewise, at what point might we have to
seriously consider extending rightsâEUR"civil, moral and legal
standingâEUR"to these socially active devices? When, in other words,
would it no longer be considered non-sense to suggest something like
âEURoeequal rights for machines?âEUR? Although these questions are a
staple in science fiction, we have already passed the tipping point.
This presentation will demonstrate why it not only makes sense to speak
of the vindication of the rights of machines but also why avoiding this
subject could be considered immoral.
*David J. Gunkel* is an award winning author and teacher specializing in
information technology and ethics. He holds the position of Presidential
Teaching Professor in the Department of Communication at Northern
Illinois University and is the author of /Hacking Cyberspace /(Westview,
2001); /Thinking Otherwise: Philosophy, Communication, Technology/
(Purdue University Press, 2007); and /The Machine Question: Critical
Perspectives on AI, Robots and Ethics/ (MIT Press, 2012).
David J. Gunkel
Presidential Teaching Professor
Department of Communication
Northern Illinois University
dgunkel at niu.edu
The Machine Question (MIT 2012)
International Journal of Zizek Studies
Future of Humanity Institute
Oxford Martin School
Faculty of Philosophy
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