- This pseudo-Paper is intended as the mechanism to record time spent on the Note 'Androids1' during my Thesis research, as from 2011.
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Write-up2 (as at 13/05/2020 18:57:36): Androids
- Briefly, an Android is – or would be were one to be built – a robot with no organic parts that looks and acts like a human being; those looking otherwise are simply “droids”.
- 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 Wikipedia: Android.
- 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.
- For a page of Links11 to this Note, Click here.
- Works on this topic that I’ve actually read12, include the following:-
- "Floridi (Luciano) - Should we be afraid of AI?", Floridi
- "Grossman (Lev), Kurzweil (Ray) - 2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal", Grossman, 2011
- "Papineau (David) - Introducing Consciousness", Papineau
- "Rini (Regina) - Raising good robots", Rini
- "Shanahan (Murray) - Conscious exotica", Shanahan
- A reading list (where not covered elsewhere) might start with:-
- "Churchland (Paul) & Churchland (Patricia) - Could a Machine Think?", Churchland, 1990
- "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
- "Price (Huw), Cave (Stephen), Iida (Fumiya), Etc. - Preparing for the future: artificial intelligence and us: Part 1", Price
- "Putnam (Hilary) - Robots: Machines or Artificially Created Life?", Putnam, 1964
- "Robinson (Guy) - How to Tell Your Friends From Machines", Robinson
- This is mostly a place-holder13.
- This is the write-up as it was when this Abstract was last output, with text as at the timestamp indicated (13/05/2020 18:57:36).
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