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IS THE MESSENGER ALSO BRINGING “IMAGE OF THE BEAST” CHILDREN?—How Artificial Intelligence Could Produce SYNTHETIC SOCIOPATHS

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Someday soon, computers may convincingly mimic human empathy. Will this lead to ethical artificial intelligence, or synthetic sociopathy? Before attempting a program that simulates empathy, think about a person who lacks it. We call such person a sociopath. He or she can fake empathy, but only serve to his or her ends. Analogously, programs written to simulate empathy successfully will represent artificial sociopaths, faking empathy to further the ends of their programmers. Any form of deception violates Deontological ethics. Those pursuing ethical AI might therefore want to ask themselves not What they seek, nor How they might attain it, but Why they want programs to simulate empathy… (READ MORE)

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