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Do we need a law making it illegal for computers and robots to deceive or be dishonest? (Poll Closed)

  • Yes, we’ve got enough trouble already with lying humans.

  • No, because the ability to deceive could be useful in some instances.

  • That might be a good idea, but it would be impossible to enforce.

  • The last thing we need is more stupid laws and regulations. Let the market sort it out.

  • I’m not sure.

Posted 8 years.


  • Max - 8 years ago

    If machines can be made sentient enough to think for themselves to the degree that they could conceive to deceive a human, should they not be granted rights as intelligent, rational beings? It would be good to explain to them why WE try not to lie, but I think it should ultimately be their decision as free agents to decide. And as free agents, they should be subject to the same laws that govern human conduct.

  • Jascha - 8 years ago

    I have written on this topic in the past. The big issue will come when computers will be able to tell if we (humans) are lying to them. This is something that is already possible with different methods. Once computers/robots can lie to us and we can't lie to them without detection will be the biggest problem.

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