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Robots are becoming more and more advanced every day. And as their software improves, they're also becoming more useful for tasks that humans can't do. They can seal off deep sea oil wells at extreme depths. They'll fight dangerous fires. And someday, in the distant future, we might have to debate whether or not it's ethical to send robots to their deaths -- after we grant personhood to artificial intelligence. (And also deal with crazy folks who'll want to marry their laptops....) Progress, FTW! By the way, StumbleUpon can recommend some good Techdirt articles, too.

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    Anonymous Coward, 24 Mar 2011 @ 6:33am

    "And someday, in the distant future, we might have to debate whether or not it's ethical to send robots to their deaths -- after we grant personhood to artificial intelligence"...

    Aint gonna happen... all AI can ever do is MIMIC life like characteristics... it will never truly "think" or "feel" in the manner we do. It will only do what a programmer programs it to do... nothing more, sometimes less (buggy software, features not implemented as intended, etc)

    Just because a machine is able to mimic the functionality and processes a human goes though, doesn't give it sentience. When you look in a mirror, the "person" on the other side mimics your every move except inversed... does that make what you see in the mirror an intelligence? As a programmer (primarily Java), I am amazed at the increasing ability of computers. But giving rights to the computer that someone created so it would be considered on the same level of its creator is disturbing.

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