Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | December 10, 2012

Question of the Week #52: Future Technology

Question of the Week #52: Future Technology

What is the difference between a human being who chooses not to think and an early generation android that’s never been given the ability to think?

My two cents (but please share yours):

The mind, the body, and the soul are the three components of being human. Humans should never sacrifice any of these components without a noble reason.

When technologists learn how to make androids (human-looking robots, currently glorified adding machines) think, they will have minds and bodies. It is unclear whether they can acquire souls.


Responses

  1. We have been alternately fascinated and horrified by the possibility of “thinking machines.” On the one hand you have Data and Number Five. On the other, you have the ship in 2001. Hal?

    • So true, Mona. As androids advance, we’ll face many new ethical issues. It’s also important for humans to continue to advance, particularly by taking time each day to contemplate difficult issues, exercising the “little gray cells.” Cheers, Ashley

  2. and to confuse the mix even more, where does a clone come into the discussion?

    • Good question, Louise. I don’t know. If we succeed in cloning a human being, I’d assume they’d have a mind and could think. But would they have a soul? Cheers, Ashley


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