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€¦
I liked the way he described the child not being upset over his spilled ice-cream as "emotional maturity", while an adult being upset over the death of a wife as "the human experience". That rather tickled me.
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€¦.?
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.
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?
Maybe. In principle, the sky is the limit. There will be all sorts of possibilities that we could pursue.