Episode #24 – Bryson on Why Robots Should be Slaves

joanna-bryson1In this episode I interview Joanna Bryson. Joanna is Reader in Computer Science at the University of Bath. Joanna’s primary research interest lies in using AI to understand natural intelligence, but she is also interested in the ethics of AI and robotics, the social uses of robots, and the political and legal implications of advances in robotics. In the latter field, she is probably best known for her article, published in 2010 entitled ‘Robots Should be Slaves’. We talk about the ideas and arguments contained in that paper as well as some related issues in roboethics.

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Show Notes

  • 0:00 – Introduction
  • 1:10 – Robots and Moral Subjects
  • 5:15 – The Possibility of Robot Moral Subjects
  • 10:30 – Is it bad to be emotionally attached to a robot?
  • 15:22 – Robots and legal/moral responsibility
  • 19:57 – The standards for human robot commanders
  • 22:22 – Are there some contexts in which we might want to create a person-like robot?
  • 26:10 – Can we stop people from creating person-like robots?
  • 28:00 – The principles that ought to guide robot design

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