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When and how much to ‘trust a strange computer’ | Nature


curated by | March 25, 2015

“We must consider interactions between intelligent robots themselves and the effect that these exchanges may have on their human creators. For example, if we were to allow sentient machines to commit injustices on one another — even if these ‘crimes’ did not have a direct impact on human welfare — this might reflect poorly on our own humanity. Such philosophical deliberations have paved the way for the concept of ‘machine rights’.”

John Payne’s insight:
The title used here is a takeoff on a line delivered by C3PO, speaking to R2D2, in Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back, "R2D2, you know better than to trust a strange computer."

In my mind, this problem can be loosely conceived in terms of constraints, vaguely similar to those that can be used to determine the layout of on-screen objects in Apple’s iOS and OS X.



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