Robots should be slaves

Joanna J Bryson

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationClose engagements with artificial companions:
Subtitle of host publicationkey social, psychological, ethical and design issues
EditorsYorick Wilks
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9789027288400
ISBN (Print)9789027249944
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2010

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