From: Tennessee Leeuwenburg (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Mon Jun 12 2006 - 18:10:46 MDT
It's clearly silly. Obsoleteness (obsolescence?) is insufficient reason
for killing something. It has no functional advantage. I would accept
being killed by a superior lifeform if it were for some reason such as
competition for resources or suchlike, but this example clearly elevates
being "inferior" to being morally worthless, and deserving of
extermination. I think this list is above debating the morality of daleks.
J. Andrew Rogers wrote:
> Interesting anecdote about Marcus Hutter from another AI related list.
> J. Andrew Rogers
> Begin forwarded message:
>> From: "Eray Ozkural" <email@example.com>
>> Date: June 11, 2006 2:40:14 PM PDT
>> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
>> Subject: [ai-philosophy] Robotic evolution and ethics
>> Reply-To: email@example.com
>> I think some breakaway from dualism/monism debate can inspire.
>> I was chatting with Marcus Hutter and Calude. Marcus was talking about
>> the common ideal of many AI researchers, that our children
>> will be better than us. An idea that I agree with. You know that
>> feeling of "playing God" that I'm sure everybody here has known.
>> 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?
>> Discuss :)
>> Best Regards,
>> -- Eray Ozkural (exa), PhD candidate. Comp. Sci. Dept., Bilkent
>> University, Ankara
>> http://www.cs.bilkent.edu.tr/~erayo Malfunct: http://www.malfunct.com
>> ai-philosophy: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ai-philosophy
>> Pardus: www.uludag.org.tr KDE Project: http://www.kde.org
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