Conditioning the Moral Compass
He has no real choice, has he?
Self-interest, fear of physical pain, drove him to that grotesque act of self-abasement. Its insincerity was clearly to be seen. He ceases to be a wrongdoer. He ceases also to be a creature capable of moral choice
Manuel and Sandra are talking about the following article:
The ethics of brain–computer interfaces
In this post the dialogue is realised by an interaction of virtual characters, for more information please check the page “Virtual characters“
It gets worse?
Sure, as think about facial recognition: useful as assistive technology for the blind, bad if used for racial profiling
Right, I see what you mean
Also with Brain Computer Interfaces and neurostimulation: what could it be used for?
You tell me!
Well, have you seen or read “Clockwork Orange” ?
The old Kubrick movie?
Yes, but it’s actually based on a book by Anthony Burgess.
Right, I remember the main character, Alex, being somehow conditioned, right? 😉
That’s right: aversion therapy to block bad behaviour. Like spraying your cat when it gets on the counter.
Ok, so like behavioursim? Pavlov’s dogs?
Exactly. The story criticizes the attempt to “re-train” someone to be good. What if we could do that directly in the brain?
Oh my goodness! That’s straight-up mind control! 😣
Yep, put your tinfoil hat on. 😄
So there actually could be a way to do that? 🤔
It is realistic enough that people are afraid about this possibility
Maybe not now and not with a decade, but think about how much computers have shrunk: from room size to pocket size
True, I even have one on my wrist …
So what if everyone gets a Brain-Computer Interface in 50 years because it is useful and practical … and then it gets hacked?
Now suddenly it doesn’t sound so unreasonable anymore …
… Continue to read the conversation between Manuel and Sandra on Saturday 16th October…
Total posts on the argument
Even the simplest brains are awesome computational instruments, they do computations we do not know how to do, in ways we do not understand…
Sensations are received by a certain definite number of sensor nerves, which constitute the only means we possess of obtaining a knowledge of the external world …
With the determination of the net, the unknowable object of knowledge, the “thing in itself,” ceases to be unknowable …
To what extent a digital computer can be programmed to exhibit the sort of simple intelligent behavior characteristic of children and sometimes animals…
The distinction between a “tool” and a prosthesis that is implanted into the body is more apparent than real. …
The firm should have the right to take back what it produced — the collection of artificial organs illegally masquerading as Mr Jones …
Once incorporated into a body, then, a prosthesis is no longer merely an object, in the sense that we can no longer straightforwardly deny that it has or plays a role in a person’s subjectivity
Computing devices in our pocket, Live video chats, Voice commands … The future is already here … it’s just not very evenly distributed
Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology. We have the capability to make the world’s first bionic man. Steve Austin will be that man. Better than he was before. Better…stronger…faster!
I do think that robots deserve rights and there are research projects being carried out today that are looking at robot laws. African-American slaves were given rights when slavery was abolished and they became part of society. Think of animals too – none of them had rights in the beginning but now animal rights are the norm. So if robots can interact with humans, they too should be given rights.
He clasped the beautiful Olympia, and with her flew through the dance…
He thought that his dancing was usually correct as to time, but the peculiarly steady rhythm with which Olympia moved, and which often put him completely out, soon showed him that his time was most defective
Developers did not want its appearance to be over-human, as this would “encourage false expectations with regard to its capabilities” for users…
Imagine a craftsman being awakened suddenly in the dead of night. He searches downstairs for something among a crowd of mannequins in his workshop. If the mannequins started to move, it would be like a horror story…