Against the Grain

Buddhist Thought, Robot Ethics

If it’s just a matter of time before humans create self-aware, artificially intelligent machines and robots, then what can Buddhist thought offer to that enterprise? James Hughes thinks Buddhist psychology and cosmology can and should inform the creation and design of AI beings. For one thing, Hughes doesn’t believe it’s ethical to create self-aware machine minds geared only toward the satisfaction of human needs.

Lin, Abney, and Bekey, eds., Robot Ethics: The Ethical and Social Implications of Robotics MIT Press

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