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Paul McNamara (New Hampshire): Could Robots One Day Deserve Rights?

March 13, 2019, 15:55-16:40
H 27 (GW II)

Ignoring the supernatural, until our time, the only serious candidates for possession of psychological attributes were biological entities. Bold AI is the view that it is possible in principle for a pure mechanism of some sort to possess psychological attributes. That’s what “Bold AI” means, and that’s what makes it theoretically and technically radical: it invites the quest to free the psychological from confinement to the biological, a quest characteristic of our times, and perhaps one that will end up marking an era. But what else of more practical weight might be true if the view is true?  I explore the significance of Bold AI by asking this question with a focus on classical theories of rights, and various weaker and stronger versions of Bold AI.

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