Monday, March 12, 2012

Is it ethical to kill an intelligent machine?

An intriguiging video called "Kara" by the game studio Quantic Dream encourages us to consider the ethics of artificial intelligence. Would it be moral to destroy (kill) a conscious, self-aware entity. even if we had created it? Increasingly society is assigning rights to non-humans, for example encouraging animals to be treated humanely. Will we soon be extending similar rights to robots?
   Science-fiction has addressed these themes in the past, perhaps most notably with the termination of HAL in Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey and with the robot boy David in Spielberg's Artificial Intelligence.
   So watch this video and ask yourself the question, "would you pull the plug on a robot that was begging for it's life?"