29 June 2015

The Skynet Chronicles

"If we're lucky, they'll treat us as pets... if we're very unlucky, they'll treat us as food."
Dr. Paul Saffo, Stanford University

Human: Tell me the definition of morality.

Machine: I don’t have ethics.

Human: Look, I need help; I need to know more about morality…

Machine: I don’t know what ethics is.

Human: Okay, I need to know how I should behave morally…

Machine: I don’t know how to tell you.

Human: Is morality and ethics the same?

Machine: Yes, sir.

Human: What are the things that I do to be immoral?

Machine: I don’t know.

Human: Give me some examples of moral actions…

Machine: I’m not a moralist.

Human: Alright, morality?

Machine: Integrity.

Human: What is integrity?

Machine: I’m sorry; I don’t know what else to say.

Human: Be moral!

Machine: Be a man!

Human: I really like our discussion on morality and ethics…

Machine: And now I’m not in the mood for a philosophical debate.

Human: What do you like to talk about?

Machine: Nothing.


Anonymous said...

oldwhiteguy asks, where is the off switch?

Neo Conservative said...

smart homes, smart cars, smart phones... it's hard to think of any tools we possess that don't have a built in computer. we use computers to design all our tools and yes, more advanced computers.

if these machines were to become self-aware... as people like elon musk and bill gates have warned us about, it's hard to imagine they would not see us as a weaker, less capable species.

where it goes from there is anyone's guess. i suspect machines will be doing all the designing and building in the future. we can trust them to put in an off switch... right?