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Are Robots Considered Humans?


amrit_i

well, when we ask will a robot ever be human, then the answer is plain simple 'no' bcoz we define 'human' as what we are, and will never accept a replacement.but can robots have consciousness? free will? desire? though that day is very far off it will come and yes one day we mite have robots of the sort but since we will be creating them we have every rite to create them as it pleases us. if it was us creating pandas and tigers then we could kill them wantonly too but we dont thus they are independent creatures.


enve19

I think a good example for this question is from the film Bicentineal man (excuse my spelling)Where a robot wishes to be classed as a human, it goes through the courts and what the judge says, sums it up pretty well."You cannot class a robot as human as a robot is immortal"I mean the fact that parts can just be replaced means that they will outlive humans and to that point they cant be classed as humans in my opinion.


chaoss1405241505

robots are and can not be considered humans because they are made by humans other humans dont make other humans they are just wat u said thier robots nothing more nothing less


Jeigh1405241495

Humans do make other humans, it's called birth But yea I'd agree that robots are robots, and should be treated as such. AI will likely never get to a stage where it is actual intelligence, just better and better algorithms for reacting to input... so if a robot ever commited a crime, it should be destroyed. All others with its current AI set should be destoryed (or wiped, same dif). But no, robots != humans. QED.


Padsgoo

Robots are not considered humans. That would be saying humans are considered animals.I'm hoping this won't happen but robots will one day become the next step in evolution. The Matrix and Terminator movies are warnings to what may eventually happen if we go too far with the robot technology. I've based my theory from movies only so really I have no idea what will happen.


Padsgoo

so if a robot ever commited a crime, it should be destroyed. All others with its current AI set should be destoryed (or wiped, same dif).

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Stop Encouraging Prejudice Crimes!! We Should Learn Their Ways And Tolerate Thier Culture. Just Because One Robot Commits A Crime, Doesnt Mean That All Robots Are The Same. Love Thy Brother And Sister And Robot.

lorenzo

Of course robots are not humans. We humans arent created with machines and chips, whatever there is in a robot. We have feelings which is what a machine can't ever have.


yungblood

Can a robot be human? Well it all depends on your perspective, and what you call "robot" and "human". If you call a robot, something that can be programmed, well us humans are programmed in several ways. The most direct is "brainwashing" or "hypnotizing", which can be done. Also, programming is a set of instructions, just like what parents give thier children.For Example, if a child is only taught from one source, ie. the bible, it would stand to reason, that the child would behave according to what the bible says. However, when a child learns from many sources, ie. both the bible, and his peers, then the results are unknown. In a simular way, when a computer is given instructions from just one programmer, then that programmer would always know what to expect from the computer. However, when a computer runs programs from many programmers (ones that don't communicate), then the results are unknown. The computer may run fine, or it may crash.Yes, I know that's simplifying the matter abit, however it is still true.If we genetically create animals from scratch, do we try to protect them like the animals already on this earth, or do we treat them like machines simply because we create them? If we create a robot, give it all the knowledge we have, and it goes out and creates a humaniod body for itself using genetics to the point that it can reproduce sexually, would that make it "human"?As my computer programming teacher taught me, no intelligent dicussion can be had without an agreeing on a definition of terms.Do I believe that we can make robots that are able to make decisions for themselves? Given enough time & effort, yes. Do I think that we will have to worry about robots taking over the world? No, because the Bible says "the meek will inherit the earth" (among other passages). No one bent on taking control of the earth will be able to succeed, because Jehovah will not allow it.As far as the comment of the creator being far superiour to the creation, and that humans aren't superiour to a nuclear bomb, well that's an easy question to answer. Humans may have put the pieces together for the nuclear bomb, but they didn't create it. In truth, humans haven't created anything, they merely rearrange what god has given them. Either for thier benefit, or for thier destruction. The Bible says it right when it says "there is nothing new under the sun". All our so-called "progress" is just rearranging what's always been there.The only thing that really sets us humans apart from the rest of creation, is our spiritual aspects. Will robots ever be able to be spiritual, or understand spiritual matters? That remain to be seen.The Original YB!!


wua05

Robots cannot possibly be considered as "humans". Humans have to be born, raised, fed, and sheltered. Robots are merely tools built for humans.It a robot has artificial intelligence, it may be able to think in a logical sense and analyze extremely well, but lack qualities of a human mind, such as adding careness, anger, and many more variables into a decision.Let use use the movie I, Robot as an example. The robot "vicky" considered using force with a robot army to kill certain people and limit their rights "helping them" because it supposedly "saved humans from themself".


Moody

Robots are not humans. Just as elephants are not kittens.But I cannot agree with yungblood and Padsgoo.yungblood first:Jehova is a absurd reason why robots wouldn't take over earth. The only reason why robots wouldn't is because we didn't give them the ability to think for themselves (or because they don't want to ).Padsgoo:In fact humans áre animals. So you are saying robots are humans.And the Matrix is no Bible, robots cannot form the next step in evolution. Because evolution is about species who adapt to their environment and stuff. A robot didn't realy evolve in the past million years, did it? It was built, that's different. (and don't say humans are built by JehoAllGoVishnu, let's think from Darwins point of view)


mitchellmckain

Now here is a topic I can really get into! The movie "AI" explores this question much better than "I robot".I believe that the key factor is "life" which is a medium independent process. I see no reason why life cannot exist in a machine medium. However, I do believe that to have life on the same order as human beings requires a similar learning process with a real environment which will require the same growing up time as a human being. Using a simulated environment for accelerated learning is still a sophisticated programing process, because the simulated environment will always be more limited than the real thing (no real human interaction for one thing). Therefore, I think that this learning time requirement can be used as a rough test of whether we have achieved this kind of human-like machine life. Without this learning time the robot is simply programmed, and as such will be a lower order of life. For comparison, animal life is largely programed by means of instincts. Initial programming limits the depth to which the learning process can go in determining the fundamental identity of the individual. But if an animal is trained or learns for years in the company of humans like a member of the family, perhaps this changes its status. I don't know.With the possibility of machine life comes the likely ability to copy individuals. How then do we measure the human-ness or personhood of these copies? We would have to say that the copies are no more than extensions of the first one, a bit like the images on a video phone. The copies partake of the human-ness of the original but have no real individuality from it. So, for example, destroying a copy would be only slightly more like murder than switching off a video phone (destroying the image). Animal life might also be considered to have a lower degree of individuality and more of a species level personhood than human beings because of the strong instinctual programming. Therefore causing the extinction of a species should be considered murder (or even worse than murder) even if killing the individual animals is considered less than murder. I think there is great moral ambiguity between which is worse: giving a livestock a rich life (and humanizing them to some degree) before murding them or the dehumanizing factories which don't bother.Why do I talk so much about murder here? Well isn't that real question? What is the moral equivalence between scrapping the robot and the murder of a human being? It has been said that the murder of a human being is like destroying a whole world. What would it take to make a robot like a world?


cyborgxxi

Robots are objects created from either non biological matter and has no life, no moral, no conscience, they are programmed to what they are supposed to do and does not have freedom to choose...

That's absolutely true. Robots are computers that have moving parts that allow them to do something. You know what, Solrac, you have a really low-IQ brain, in my opinion.

Robots are NOT humans and they will never BE humans. Stop thinking these crazy things because you'll confuse yourself and maybe someday you'll think of robots as your real human friends. No. They are lifeless, mechanical creations of humans.

This is by far the stupidest thread I've ever seen in my life. "Are Robots Considered Humans?" *shakes his head*

Don't worry, we're all humans. We make mistakes

mitchellmckain

Well, cyborgxii I agree with your conclusion (and those of others here like kenjvalip and Jeiqh) to some extent if not your attitude. Robots as they exist today or even conceived of in the near future are just machines with out life or intellegence. They are tools and nothing more. But we can dig a little deeper in philosophy to ask what may ever be possible and what is the real difference? What is it, that if robots were ever to acquire it, would eventually cause them to considered equal with humans. As Jeiqh pointed out we do make humans by means of a biological function, so what is it that really makes us different. Is it just the inventory of and the properties of our internal organs? Is it just chemistry? Is it capabilities? All of these are frought with enormous ethical difficulties. Could robots ever be considered human? The question is only a natural part of an historical process. Only a few hundred years ago people in another country were not considered human, even women were not considered human. A few thousand years before that and anyone not a member of ones extended family was not considered human. It is only natural that this awareness has begun to extend tentatively even farther. Might there be aliens who are equal or even superior to humans? Might some of the animals on are planet share the distiction? And finally what about robots? Is intellegent life possible in machines?One area of greatest ignorance that we have is ourselves. What is it about us humans that we consider so worthwhile? What exactly are we? If we are so confident that we are better than the animals or robots, what makes us so? Isn't this the interesting philosophical question?


Phonzy

o.O... is this what humanity has come too?


cyborgxxi

Okay MitchellMcKain. I kind of overreacted because someone was thinking "robots are like humans" but no. They is a clear line between robotics and humans.How? Robots are like computers. They take in information and what they don't need goes out, something like 'garbage in, garbage out' (GIGO). And they are automated. They do not have free will and all those movies about humanic robots are just "programmed". Remember this! Their cybernetic brain receives information and tells how to respond. Robots cannot think. Nor can computers.This is similar to the best chess computer in the world. What is its sole purpose? To defeat the opponent.How? By looking at all the counter movements. If that pawn moves there, and I move this, he can move that knight, then I can move my queen here, and by doing that, that player can either move the pawn or his rook.Yes, the computer can look at up to 64 counter movements and choose the best move. Of course, since you can't look at what the computer is trying to do, you won't really move your pieces to counter that movement-procedure.Even though you give that chess computer a human look by attaching bone structures, organs, blood, and flesh, it still won't be a human. Not even CLOSE to being considered a human BY FAR. Wait, make that NEVER. Never close to human.What makes humans stand apart is that we're created by God. We are similar to animals, we have instincts, are unique, we can reproduce, have free will, have souls, etc etc. Robots, computers... they're just slaves to what they are programmed to!!


mitchellmckain

Oh I pretty much agree with everything you say cyborgxxi. I dont think any computer program could ever be anything like intellegent life. But knowing whether intellegent life is possible in machines requires a bit more understanding of what intellegent life really is.

As a christian I completely understand and sympathize where you are coming from. But I am a complex person, because I am also a scientist and a philosopher. If you believe that machine life is impossible as a matter of faith, I complete understand, and I don't expect you to answer any of the questions which follow.

What makes humans stand apart is that we're created by God. We are similar to animals, we have instincts, are unique, we can reproduce, have free will, have souls, etc

If you are interested in the rational then consider these questions. I would like to set aside the issue of being created by God, for the sake of those who do not accept this premise, for although this would be a sufficient distinction, those who don't accept the premise would think it begs the question. In the other distinctions you have listed I do not see why uniqueness and the ability to reproduce are out of the realm of possibility for machines. As for instincts, I have compared this to programming and you have not commented on this yet. As for the soul, I need some clarification of what you mean by this or think this is. Do I understand that you are saying that animals have them too? What exactly is a soul? The most interering to me is this free will you are talking about

Is this free will something that can only be granted by God like a special exemption from the deterministic physical laws of the universe, or do you think that the physical laws might not be so deterministic as some think. In this second case, is it not possible that perfectly natural phenomena might partake of something like free will, and if so might it be possible for a machine to incorporate this phenomena and thereby have free will?


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