We've been discussing consciousness in my philosophy class in collge lately and it got me thinking about consciousness in machines. How do you think conscious machines would change how we view ourselves and the world we live in?
If they could think like we do would they deserve human rights?
Would selling them be akin to slavery?
Try to think deeply about it in terms of questions like that.
Most Helpful Girl
This reminds me of a tv series its called humans! And they talk about how if robots had conscious they deserve right because they have feelings and suffer. I don't know but consiousess makes us different to everything else that why we are human or thats what i got from the show. Anyway I think if it has feeling it should be treated as a person. I wonder how got consciousness because we are just cells and organs put together like a machine! How did we get our mind to think a certain way. Anyhow, I wonder if we get to keep our conscious when we are dead! I sure hope so! lol1
Most Helpful Guy
The most important question would be if the machine has consciousness or if you perceive it to have consciousness. How do you know the change is external and real?
If you believe a machine has achieved consciousness, what mechanism brought it about? Hardware? A reliable power source? Excellent programming? Will the consciousness survive a loss of power and resume once it's been reinstated or will it start over? How can anyone be sure some kind of machine consciousness doesn't already exist, but both machines and humans are unaware of the other's state?
Machine consciousness would be acquired differently than human consciousness no matter whose philosophy you believe. As such, it wouldn't be reasonable to establish "human" rights for them. It would also bring up interesting questions about whether consciousness is ever acquired naturally, especially if the machines themselves are unable to reproduce separate conscious entities like animals can. Even if they could create new independent entities, could a manufactured, inorganic consciousness be considered natural?1