- This pseudo-Paper is intended as the mechanism to record time spent on the Note 'Androids1' during my Thesis research, as from 2011.
- For the actual time recorded, click on "Paper Summary" above.
Write-up2 (as at 10/04/2017 23:38:24): Androids
- Briefly, an Android (see Wikipedia: Link) is – or would be were one to be built – robot with no organic parts that looks and acts like a human being.
- The Android needs to behave as if it had an appropriate psychology – at least one that passes the Turing Test.
- This psychology need not involve phenomenal consciousness – indeed it is one of the problems of philosophy to consider how we could ever know whether or not an android is phenomenally conscious.
- Could it not be a zombie4? See the entry in Wikipedia (Link).
- Compare and contrast with Cyborgs5.
- The relevance of Androids to the topic of Personal Identity stems from whether or not Androids would be persons6.
- On the presumption that they might be, then the question arises whether a human person7 might metamorphose8 into an android by a process of siliconisation9 (and cyborgisation – for the non-psychological elements).
- On the presumption that an android cannot be identical to a human animal, this TE10 seems to pull apart animal identity and personal identity.
- A reading list (where not covered elsewhere) might start with:-
- "Churchland (Paul) & Churchland (Patricia) - Could a Machine Think?", Churchland, 1990
- "Grossman (Lev) - 2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal", Grossman, 2011
- "Kaess (Genevieve) - Could Consciousness Emerge from a Machine Language?", Kaess, 2011
- "Leiber (Justin) - Can Animals and Machines Be Persons? : A Dialogue", Leiber, 1985
- "Pollock (John L.) - How to Build a Person: A Prolegomenon", Pollock, 1989
- "Putnam (Hilary) - Robots: Machines or Artificially Created Life?", Putnam, 1964
- This is mostly a place-holder11. Currently, just see the categorised reading-list.
- This is the write-up as it was when this Abstract was last output, with text as at the timestamp indicated (10/04/2017 23:38:24).
- Link to Latest Write-Up Note.
- A number of my philosophical Notes are “promissory notes” currently only listing the books and papers (if any) I possess on the topic concerned.
- I’ve decided to add some text – whether by way of motivation, or something more substantive – for all these identified topics related to my Thesis.
- As I want to do this fairly quickly, the text may be confused or show surprising ignorance.
- The reader (if such exists) will have to bear with me, and display the principle of charity while this footnote exists.
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