Robots should be slaves


Bryson, J. J., 2010. Robots should be slaves. In: Wilks, Y., ed. Close engagements with artificial companions: key social, psychological, ethical and design issues. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, pp. 63-74. (Natural Language Processing; 8)

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Robots should not be described as persons, nor given legal nor moral responsibility for their actions. Robots are fully owned by us. We determine their goals and behaviour, either directly or indirectly through specifying their intelligence or how their intelligence is acquired. In humanising them, we not only further dehumanise real people, but also encourage poor human decision making in the allocation of resources and responsibility. This is true at both the individual and the institutional level. This chapter describes both causes and consequences of these errors, including consequences already present in society. I make specific proposals for best incorporating robots into our society. The potential of robotics should be understood as the potential to extend our own abilities and to address our own goals.


Item Type Book Sections
CreatorsBryson, J. J.
EditorsWilks, Y.
DepartmentsFaculty of Science > Computer Science
Research CentresCentre for Mathematical Biology
ID Code16478


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