As I have been looking at other questions on this site (like this, this, this, and this), I have been thinking more about the ethical implications of creating these generalized AI systems. It seems that whether or not we can create it is not rationale enough as to whether or not we should do it.

In dealing with the issue of ethics in AI, I wonder what the ethical implications are not just for us, but for the system itself. It seems to extend beyond the usually asked questions on the topic and into unknown territory. Are ethics computable? Can they be implemented programmatically? Can we force an AI system to do something against its "will"?

What does the creation of AI imply ethically for us as well as the AI?

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    $\begingroup$ There are multiple (admittedly very interesting) questions here. Please consider splitting into separate posts. $\endgroup$ – NietzscheanAI Aug 9 '16 at 21:00
  • $\begingroup$ Are ethics computable? Are they even definable? Philosophers have been debating the existence/definition of "the Good" for over 2,000 years, to little practical effect. $\endgroup$ – NietzscheanAI Aug 9 '16 at 21:01
  • $\begingroup$ Instead of formal rules for ethics, that leaves heuristics like "Try not to do something to an entity (that has a seemingly rich emotional life) if it doesn't want you to." $\endgroup$ – NietzscheanAI Aug 9 '16 at 21:03
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    $\begingroup$ I think it's also easier to answer questions like this if they give a particular ethical system as grounding; one can discuss the X position on AGI without endorsing X as an ethical system, and determining which ethical system is correct seems outside the scope of this site. $\endgroup$ – Matthew Graves Aug 9 '16 at 21:34
  • $\begingroup$ @MatthewGraves I am not trying to determine which ethical system is "correct". I want to know how AI is affected by ethical considerations, whatever those may be. $\endgroup$ – callyalater Aug 9 '16 at 21:51

I believe if an AI achieves sentience, it should be treated the same way we are required to treat any other sentient animal. This is belief though, there is no established ethics for AI. But there were no ethics for animals a couple of centuries ago.

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  • $\begingroup$ Why the downvote? Is there any established ethics for AI? Or you think AI shouldn't have rights? $\endgroup$ – Cem Kalyoncu Aug 10 '16 at 6:21

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