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    • CommentAuthorleeisserow
    • CommentTimeJan 15th 2008
     (529.1)
    • CommentAuthorSquideye
    • CommentTimeJan 15th 2008
     (529.2)
    If we're inviting hearty discussion, allow me to wet my posting feet and sheepishly admit that I sort of feel bad when I let my computer grind away for hours on some kind of crazy computation. To generalize: the less we treat even simple "deterministic" systems with contempt, the less likely we are to get callous with respect to the big, humanoid, meat-filled system-things we interact with on a daily basis.

    Why wait until they are armed and angry to start thinking about machine rights?
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      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeJan 15th 2008
     (529.3)
    I name most machines that I interact with, and treat them with the respect I would a friend. I take care of my machines, and they tend to take care of me.
    • CommentAuthorsacredchao
    • CommentTimeJan 16th 2008
     (529.4)
    I have actually made a pact with someone that if an AI ever comes close to being sapient, we will blow it up. Seriously, intelligent robots scare me.
    • CommentAuthorleeisserow
    • CommentTimeJan 16th 2008
     (529.5)
    I look after machines as if they were people - until I drop them - but I always get them repaired. Unless I sell them for scrap.

    Wait... intelligent machines will read the internet, won't they. Damn. I'll be on their list now.

    Also, I should probably not be allowed to look after children.
    • CommentAuthorMacgyver
    • CommentTimeJan 16th 2008
     (529.6)
    I look after machines as if they were people - until I drop them - but I always get them repaired. Unless I sell them for scrap.

    I'm assuming the AIs will just do what I did and assume you were talking about humans after the first dash...