In the second half of this first episode of The Future of Humanity Institute’s Journey Towards A Machine-Led Society, we consider issues around robot morality, including the legal implications of cloning, artificial intelligence and self-driving cars.
Without any explicitly moral code or order to guide the production and deployment of intelligence, the actions of machines themselves constitute a new kind of “machine law.”
Humans often operate within a type of “rulemaking” that is detached from the truth or nature of physical reality. This fact means that machine law is a device that controls the mechanics of the “self” – and that a “self” such as a robot can “experience consequences” that it wouldn’t otherwise experience.
Autonomous and autonomous processes are not a mere technology of observation – but rather a direct result of the properties of an embodied being – namely, a human organism. The Artificial Intelligence of the future, for example, will experience the limited limitations and perspectives of the present world.
Experience makes real our responses and actions. However, this encounter of the “self” with the world made by the current generation of machines is a unique kind of real-world encounter – one that cannot be replicated, nor replicated by another. As a result, we find ourselves torn between wanting to imitate, or replicate the “self” and desiring to “go against” the “self.”
In the next episode of the show, we will explore questions surrounding the status of the robot as a “person” and its potential to replace humans, the mechanics of self-law and its ability to be “loved” or “loved to pieces.” It also explores what it means to be a human in the context of a programmable world. Finally, we will consider the ethical issues concerning the inclusion of robots in spaces like space and military operations – the exploration of which may result in the eventual use of multiple AI, or the emergence of a new kind of AI race.
The Future of Humanity Institute is a global research organization whose mission is to advance understanding of artificial intelligence and the history and future of artificial and biological intelligence in a non-military way. FHI’s Role in ethical consideration of AIs is by default independent of FHI’s institutional goals, and is provided for by its mission statement.