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Old 03-01-2018, 09:34 AM
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Will robots get headaches I wonder?
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Old 03-01-2018, 10:11 AM
 
Location: Kent, Ohio
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Will robots get headaches I wonder?
I doubt this was a serious question, but it does hint at a couple of serious issues in AI.

(1) At what point will machines develop non-programmed/unpredictable preferences? Presumably this could happen once they become so complicated that humans no longer have precise programming control over their behaviors. Is this likely to happen in 5 years? 10 years?...
(2) At what point, if ever, will machines develop actual subjective/qualitative awareness (i.e., actually feel pain, etc., as opposed to just behaving as if they feel pain)? This second question relates to what philosophers have been calling "the hard problem" of consciousness.

And this brings us to another question, which is somewhat specific to sexbots: How would believing that a machine does, or does not, actually have feelings of affection, pain, etc. influence your own feelings of attraction or sense of companionship with the machine?

For example: If you believed that a machine actually enjoyed your company, or felt love for your, etc., do you think you might fall in love with the machine? Or do you think you could just never love a machine, no matter what types of feelings it might develop? The same question could be asked in terms of sexual arousal. Would believing that a machine has actual feelings make your more likely or less likely to feel sexual attraction for it?
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Old 03-02-2018, 12:51 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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In my view, one's feelings usually are projected on other human beings, pets, and so on. These feelings aren't always love, nor hate, nor sexual, and so on; just emotions of various kinds depending on the situation. Then the love, or hate, or affection, whatever...one feels that it is reciprocated from another person, or pet, and so on, is just a reflection of one's emotions. In other words, such emotions are a projection of oneself as from lookin in a mirror, and as such oftentimes not true.

So yes, I imagine that one can "feel" a certain connection or reciprocity with an object, or person, or pet, or a sex doll. But is it real?
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Old 03-02-2018, 01:56 PM
 
Location: Kent, Ohio
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So yes, I imagine that one can "feel" a certain connection or reciprocity with an object, or person, or pet, or a sex doll. But is it real?
Good question. If the AI is sentient (i.e., actually feels sensations, emotions, etc., as opposed to just mechanically behaving as-if it feels these things), then I don't see any basis for saying that someone's love for the robot is not "real". Basically, whatever it means to say that one person's love for another person could be "real" then, by that same standard, I think a person's love for a sentient robot would be real. (I could be wrong about this if human beings have non-physical souls and "real love" is some sort of connection between souls and if sentient robots - despite being sentient - do not have such souls. This idea was hinted at in some episodes of the TV series Humans. Personally, I don't think that there are non-physical souls and even if there are, I don't see any reason that a sentient AI couldn't have such a soul.)

I think the harder question relates to high-level AI-driven non-sentient robots. It is obviously possible for someone to love someone who does not love them back. "Unrequited love" is a major backbone of a great deal of poetry and music. But can someone be genuinely in love with something that cannot, even in principle, actually love them back? You can love your car, but can you really be "in love" with your car? This conversation implies that there is some important distinction between "being in love" and just "mistakenly thinking that you are in love." Is "being in love" a sort of thing that you can be mistaken about? Or is it like pain: If you believe that you are in pain, then you are in pain. Period. You can't really be wrong about that.
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Old 03-07-2018, 09:33 AM
 
Location: Germany
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I think this could be the year that average folks start to have significant personal experiences with robotic technologies. This article, for example, lists some things to watch for this year. Last week I saw a drone for the first time, zipping around documenting an event that I was at. But one thing I have not seen discussed very much (outside of some notable science fiction stories) is "sexy robots."
Oh, great. A robot that complains you only want it for one thing.

Or says 'not tonight, my diodes are overloaded'.
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