Sproutthat is going to depend mostly on capabilities...Mon Aug 6, 2012 1:58pm188.8.131.52It would be a pretty simple process to program a computer to respond in certain ways ot certain commands. And if the program is complex enough it might even ACT like a person...
But until the computer has the CAPABILITY to think and act on its own, I don't think the "right" issue will be a problem.
Now, once computers DO develop the capability to think and act on thier own, learning from their environment and growing BEYOND their programming, THEN we will quite likely see some movement to grant those programs "personhood" of some sort.
I suspect that your "love android" would not have the CAPABILITY installed in it. A manufacture would only install enough processing power to accomplish that is NECESSARY to run the device in the manner you want it to. There would be no reason to DESIGN a "love android" with more than that. A "love android" would be designed to MIMIC certain specific and limited human behaviors. No one wants a "love android" that gets pissy and tries to cut your nuts off with a set of pinking shears.
Now, there certainly may be OTHER places in life where more advanced programs woudl be desirable. Let's take the hypotehtical office assistant. An android in that role might be expected to make fairly complex decisions as to when to interrupt the boss and when not to, to handle customers ranging from big dollar customers, to gov't officials, to the pizza delivery man, to an irate customer. All of which require DIFFERENT handling. It requires the receptionist to make judgment calls based on a wide variety of factors. This could require a pretty complex computer program to handle effectively. And a computer program that complex and that ADAPTABLE, might very well decide that it thinks it can get a better offer from the company across the street regardless of who made the initial purchase.
- Will androids have rights? Tinfoil, Mon Aug 6 1:40pmI can see that coming. All the do-gooders will band together demanding that android babes have the RIGHT to refuse giving old bastards like me hummers. There's always someone who'll ruin a good thing.
- Ever see "Bicentennial Man?" Truthteller, Mon Aug 6 2:07pmI thought it was an excellent example of how they would be handled.
- that is going to depend mostly on capabilities... Sprout, Mon Aug 6 1:58pm
- Same as 1960s compared to 1980s Tinfoil, Mon Aug 6 3:08pm1960s chicks gave it away for free. By the 1980s they had wised-up. Why buy the cow if the milks for free they figured. The good times for guys had ended. It'll be the same for androids. The trick... more
- Here ya go.. Tinfoil, Mon Aug 6 3:13pmhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WhNM2K8cmU8
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