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Suffer the little robots? The moral and legal status of artificial beings

6:00pm-6:30pm on Friday 2 April

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From the abused simulants of Blade Runner to the neglected child-robot ‘David’ in A.I. Artificial Intelligence, we seem to have little difficulty in imagining artificial beings feeling pain and distress. The kind of advanced artificial intelligence  we see in fiction is of course far removed from the capabilities of real world machines. However, as the capacities of artificial intelligence continue to improve, interest has grown within the AI ethics community concerning the question of whether – and when – artificial beings may reasonably come to possess or demand some form of moral status.

In this talk, Dr Henry Shelvin suggests that there is good reason for lawyers, politicians, philosophers, and scientists to start grappling with how we could identify suffering in beings radically different from ourselves, and how we should respond to the moral concerns of sentient AI as a society.

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Age: Adults, Young Adults 12 – 18
Timing: Available on Demand
Cost: Free
Event Capacity: n/a
Theme: Society
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