Tag Archives: Zach Weiner

SMBC: A treatise on machine ethics

via Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal A better question might be, if a robot has conflicting programming, what will it do?  That seems to be where most human moral dilemmas arise, when our instincts are in conflict.

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SMBC: Do humans have feelings?

Apropos to the previous post, albeit from a different angle. Hovertext: “This comic was posted in order to increase my social status, acquire wealth, and thus improve the reproductive fitness of my offspring.” Click through for full sized version and … Continue reading

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SMBC: What researchers study

This seems relevant to some of our discussion on the previous post. via smbc-comics.com (Click though for hovertext and red button caption.) The last caption may be in reference to these developments: The latest genetic modification techniques fall outside of existing … Continue reading

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SMBC: Chinese room

I love this SMBC on the Chinese room thought experiment. Click through for full sized version and the red caption button. Source: Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal My regular readers know I’m not a big fan of the Chinese room thought … Continue reading

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SMBC: What if the universe is made of math?

I loved this SMBC.  It echoes something I’ve observed before, that some physicists have disdain for philosophy, while often engaging in it themselves. Hovertext: “Philosophy is dumb, unless it comes out of the mouth of a physicist.” Click through for full … Continue reading

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Emotional versus intellectual attributions of consciousness

Click through for full sized version and the red button caption. via Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal. This SMBC reminds me of a concept that I’ve been debating on ways to express, but a brief comment here seems like the opportunity to … Continue reading

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The danger of thinking we know best

Click through for full sized version, and to see the red-button caption. via Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal. I often wish I could draw comics.  You can say a lot in a brief and humorous cartoon. I think one of the dangers we … Continue reading

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SMBC: To the collider!

This may well be the best explanation of particle colliders, like the Large Hadron Collider, I’ve seen in a long time. Click through for full sized version, and for the Feynman diagram in the red button caption. via Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal. … Continue reading

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SMBC: So, how long do we live?

Click through for full sized version, and for the red button caption. via Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal. This cartoon reminds me of one of the objections I often hear to mind uploading, that even if the uploaded mind was identical to … Continue reading

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SMBC: Free will and personal responsibility

Click through to see full sized version.  I’ll have to remember this strategy. via Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal.

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