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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Artificial Emotions

Programming Hate Into AI Will Be Controversial, But Possibly Necessary

Zoltan istvan | October 17, 2015

[...]On the other hand, if a created consciousness can empathize, then it must also be able to like or dislike — and even to love or hate something.
Therein lies the conundrum. In order for a consciousness to make judgments on value, both liking and disliking (love and hate) functions must be part of the system. No one minds thinking about AI’s that can love — but super-intelligent machines that can hate? Or feel sad? Or feel guilt? That’s much more controversial — especially in the drone age where machines control autonomous weaponry. And yet, anything less than that coding in empathy to an intelligence just creates a follower machine — a wind-up doll consciousness.

In a report he wrote for the D.O.D. titled “Governing Lethal Behavior: Embedding Ethics in a Hybrid Deliberative/Reactive Robot Architecture,” Arkin argued that guilt, remorse, or grief could be programmed to occur. Source:

<more at; related links: (Could Artificial Morals and Emotions Make Robots Safer? october 2, 2015) and (Could a machine or an AI ever feel human-like emotions? April 29, 2014)>

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