A Report on the Ethics of the Nexus-2 Model
Brought to you by the Ethics Committee of Los Angeles
15 March 2007
RoboCon is attempting to craft a Sentient Robot that can learn, remember, and experience emotions. These attributes push the robot very close to being human. No doubt, with all this new technology comes new ethical questions. The most important question is that of a robot having emotions because from it, stem the majority of the problems. This report will cover those problems which are: the undermining of the theist's God, possible rebellion and race wars, enslaving human robots, efficiency, usefulness, robot rights, and the extermination of the whole human race. The most important flaw in the Sentient Robot's design, as stated previously, is its ability to feel emotion. Emotion is the one thing that separates humans from robots. If we take that distinction away, man will be no different from robots; man will become his own creation.
This will become a moral issue for theists because they believe that their God is the superior Creator. With the Sentient Robot, however, God becomes redundant. The creation of the Nexus-2 will defy the Creator's nature and, thus, will create undesired protest from Christians, Jews, or others who believe in a God. Robots will realize that man is only as good as his own creation, which will undermine man's superiority to robots. Thus, the robots will rebel against the hierarchy forced on them, creating havoc. Another probable cause of a rebellion is this robot's occupation. If successfully released, the Sentient Robot will be put to work in manufacturing. This seems a perfect solution for the humans who shy away from these undesirable jobs. However, the robot is supposed to have emotions;...