skipair wrote:An anger and aggression suppressant in males, for example, really has nothing to do with ethics and more to do with pragmatizing behavior to fit desired social norms.
Ryan Rudolph wrote:A memorable part was how Dr Hughes tried to suggest that one could live with attachments such as women, but circumvent the negative karmic consequences. And then later David questioned him by comparing the death of his wife to losing an ice cream cone, and he said, â€œthe sorrow a man feels for his wifeâ€™s death is something heâ€™d never want to give upâ€â€¦. I thought that was interestingâ€¦
But Iâ€™m not sure about Davidâ€™s theory about enlightened robots because it seems to me that for a robot to be truly wise, it would need to be plugged into the causal world in such way that it would experience pleasure and pain. The question raised - Is wisdom even possible in a machine that lacks sensuality? because let us not forget that wisdom is born through time, as the individual experiences stupidly and learns from it, so I question how a robot could be programmed to be wiseâ€¦.?
Unless scientists build a machine that experiences the world in the same way as we do, but then weâ€™d be back where we started wouldnâ€™t we?
Wouldnâ€™t it be easier to just genetically modify the current male species, and use robots as laborers?
Ryan: The question raised - Is wisdom even possible in a machine that lacks sensuality? because let us not forget that wisdom is born through time, as the individual experiences stupidly and learns from it, so I question how a robot could be programmed to be wiseâ€¦.?
David: We could program all that into them - human-like senses, the ability to experience pleasure and pain, the subjective sense of what it means to be an ignorant being, even false memories if needs be. The end result will be an enlightened robot fully-equipped to teach ignorant beings, such as humans, knowledgeably and compassionately - if they choose to.
The idea isn't necessarily to speak only to very wise or very interesting people, but to speak to people who represent a certain section of the population or a certain school of thought.
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