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Ethical trap: robot paralyzed by choice of who to save

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The robot will do what it has been programmed to do. Nothing more nothing less. If it is unable to decide which human proxy to save, that it is because the programmer either failed to take that possibility into account, or the design was deliberate.

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Just now, Nicky said:

Cool. Let's program one to make decisions on its own.

I think you've misunderstood me, but maybe I wasn't being clear.

If the robot is unable to make a decision in certain test cases, then its decision algorithm is flawed in some way, maybe just because the programmer didn't care what happens in those cases or because the robot was deliberately designed to more or less ignore them.

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6 hours ago, SpookyKitty said:

I think you've misunderstood me

I understood you perfectly. You said the robot will do what it's been programmed to do. So it won't? You take that back?

Edited by Nicky

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