Is It Unethical to Design Robots to Resemble Humans?

By Quartz

June 23, 2017


The growing tendency for people to anthropomorphize machines is being hastened by artificial intelligence (AI) and other technologies’ ability to create the illusion of self-awareness. However, there is a perceived danger that humans’ objectification of human-looking objects may easily transfer to human relationships, and society’s push toward humanization of AI could have the unplanned effect of dehumanizing actual human beings.

This raises several issues, including how society should treat realistic AI. A concern exists that extreme dominance over realistic AI could encourage the abuse of animals and people, which dovetails with the question of how much realism should companies imbue within AI technologies.

As virtual reality and AI technologies become increasingly lifelike, issues relating to the visceral impact of realistic virtual experiences will become more prominent. Society should address both the treatment and the development of realistic AI technologies simultaneously, and establish norms of behavior and better guidelines for their development.

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