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Jason Pontin

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Editor in Chief — MIT Technology Review

On hiatus during the Summer Rejuvenation Project.

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Nov 19, 2017

@Roddy_Campbell I expanded on what I couldn’t say in the Twitter poll in an @reply 2/.

Nov 19, 2017

@Roddy_Campbell I’m asking about people’s moral intuitions about robots or artificial intelligences that would to some degree have feelings.

Nov 19, 2017

@Roddy_Campbell Exactly like more useful horses. If you’re cool about domesticated horses (or beef or milk cows), you might be cool with mouse-level conscious machines.

Nov 19, 2017

(Limitations in Twitter’s poll design didn’t allow me to expand on #3: I mean machines that weren’t conscious according to any psychological test, but could pass some kind of Turing test, evoking protective emotions in *us*.)

Nov 19, 2017

As a moral intuition, under what circumstances would you accept a large population of slaves? (I take it as a given that none of you would condone slaves who were beings like us.) If the machine possessed consciousness and agency;

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