Do The Robot

One of the enduring concerns of moral philosophy is deciding who or what is deserving of ethical consideration. Although Initially limited to “other men,” the practice of ethics has developed in such a way that it continually challenges its own restrictions and comes to encompass what had been previously excluded individuals and groups – foreigners, women, animals, and even the environment. Currently, we stand on the verge of another fundamental challenge to moral thinking. This challenge comes from the autonomous, intelligent machine of our own making, and it puts in question many deep-seated assumptions about who or what constitutes a moral subject. The way we address and respond to this challenge will have a profound effect on how we understand ourselves, our place in the world, and our responsibilities to the other entities encountered here.

– David J. Gunkel, The Machine Question: Critical Perspectives on AI, Robots, and Ethics (Cambridge, MA: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2012), p. 1.


Isaac Asimov, more than fifty years ago, foresaw the need for ethical rules to guide the behavior of robots. His Three Laws of Robotics are what people think of first when they think of machine morality.

  1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
  2. A robot must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
  3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

Asimov, however, was writing stories. He was not confronting the challenge that faces today’s engineers: to ensure that the systems they build are beneficial to humanity and don’t cause harm to people.

– Wendell Wallach and Colin Allen, Moral Machines: Teaching Robots Right from Wrong (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009), pp. 3-4:

“A self-driving car, for example, may one day have to weigh the safety of its passengers against the risk of harming other motorists or pedestrians,” notes Aviva Rutkin for NewScientist. “It may be very difficult to program robots with rules for such encounters.”

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In a few decades – or sooner, given exponential progress forecasted by Moore’s Law (that computing speeds will double every eighteen months or so) – robots in society will be as ubiquitous as computers are today.… But consider a few of the challenges linked to computers in the last thirty years: job displacement, privacy concerns, intellectual property disputes, real-world alienation, redefinition of relationships, cyberbullying, Internet addiction, security fears, and so on.… If the evolution of the robotics industry is analogous to that of computers, then we can expect important social and ethical challenges to emerge from robotics, as well, and attending to them sooner rather than later will likely help mitigate those negative consequences.

– Patrick Lin, Keith Abney, and George A. Bekey, eds., Robot Ethics: The Ethical and Social Implications of Robotics (Cambridge, MA, The MIT Press, 2012), p. 3.

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“Several years ago, a post in a chat room said, ‘In the future, popular music will be made by robots, and the kids won’t be able to tell the difference,'” writes Ben Radstein for The Uncoveror.

[Thomas D. Mottola, former Chairman and CEO of Sony Music Entertainment Inc.] told us that robots and computers making music had already been done. “We first used machines to make the hits in the late eighties,” The singers you did not see who really recorded the Milli Vanilli album, as well as New Kids On The Block, were actually robots. Those were just the first generation of Robomuze technology, which is sweeping the music industry. By the second generation, a highly sophisticated computer algorithm was composing hit after hit, and robots were performing them. We just plug in a few variables like current fads and slang terms, and out come songs! We still have to use attractive looking human models to dance and lip-sync the words, but everything you hear is artificial, and we are working on lifelike robots that can actually take the stage! Soon boy bands will be replaced by bot bands.”

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“Dr. Lior Shamir began his experiment with a curious question: Could an algorithm ‘understand’ the music of popular artists like the Beatles?” writes Luke Dormehl for Fast Company.

Shamir’s project began, oddly enough, when he developed an algorithm for use in classifying whale song. “By mining the data we were able to determine that, just like people, whales in different geographic locations have different accents or dialects,” he says. As the project evolved, Shamir had an idea: If the algorithm worked so well for analyzing whale song, how would it fare when it came to analyzing pop music?

“Naturally, when you’re looking at music, you start with the Beatles,” he says. “So that’s exactly what we did.” He populated a database with samples of the Beatles’ music, taken from each of their 13 albums. Using a set of 2,883 numerical content descriptors he was then able to break the music down into a variety of different numerical values–ranging from pitch and tempo, to other patterns we do not regularly associate with music.

Once this had been done, Shamir was able to use a the variation on the weighted K-Nearest Neighbor algorithm to determine the measure of similarity between two different songs.…

The sorting of the albums into chronological order was something Shamir was not expecting. Nonetheless it happened.… Lior Shamir feels that over time it should be possible for his algorithm to create new musical tracks which sound like offcuts…

This subject often provokes strong reactions, because it’s perceived as taking away a fundamentally human part of the creative process. After all, if music labels could continue generating new songs in the style of popular artists for relatively little money, why risk hiring unproven (human) acts?

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Amanda Chatel writes for Your Tango:

According to 1,900 robotic experts, by 2025 human beings could be banging robots. “Robotic sex partners will be commonplace, although the source of scorn and division,” says Stowe Boyd, the lead researcher for Gigaom Research.…

It may seem creepy, cold, and definitely hard (that’s what she said!), but the truth is there are probably more than a few advantages of having robotic sex:

  1. It’s All About You
  2. You’ll Always Orgasm
  3. There Are No Emotions To Mess Things Up
  4. You Get To Pick And Choose
  5. No Fear Of STIs Or Pregnancy
  6. Afterward, You Can Have Them Do Your Laundry

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