The Importance Of Discipline A Robot

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So can we hold the robot accountable for its actions? Since, it might not be fair for either the programmers or the commander to take responsibility. According to Robert Sparrow, to hold a robot accountable for its actions, we need to develop a way to compensate and discipline the robots appropriately to their actions. This will raise a problem, according to Peter M. Asaro, when applying criminal laws to robots, how do we discipline a robot. We undoubtedly, could punish a robot anyway we wanted. However, is disciplining a robot the same as disciplining a human? To answer this question, we need to learn what it means to be disciplined. Punishment makes an object suffer for an unpleasant action. How do we discipline a robot, when it doesn’t have the idea of suffering? Even when a robot is programmed to recognize “how to suffer”; it must suffer in a way that challenges emotion from others such as, sympathy or sorrow. “Not only must machines have internal states of equal complexity and with similar makeup to those of human beings, but they must also have ability to signify these in ways that will establish the ethical reality of these states.” Therefore, a robot that can take responsibility is so complex that it might not be manufactured in the future. However, if we manage to produce so complex robots, that mimics humans in so many ways that we can compensate or discipline them, we would have challenge our initial motive of going to war without jeopardizing our soldiers.

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