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Not sure this has anything to do with ethics or not, but.

Can someone give me an idea of how androids work? Okay, broad question. Narrowing it down, I'm trying to figure out where they get their energy reserves from.

Take Data from ST:TNG, for instance. They didn't show it much on the actual series, but in the novels he's described as having nutritive fluids that lubricate and nourish his circuitry. To replenish these fluids, he will eat on occasion - I'm assuming a completely balanced blend of the exact proportions needed for this purpose - no messy waste like in humans. Lal was also shown eating and drinking. Perhaps as he grew more accustomed to human social conventions his food intake would suit the occasion; I don't know.

For many years on the show he had no need for sleep, either, and when he finally did begin to mimic(?) sleeping, it was in order to experience the dreaming program that Dr. Soong had installed.

I don't recall an instance where Data was shown 'recharging', but then my memory is spotty at best.

Anyway, in general, wouldn't an android need at least some way to replenish it's energy reserves? Does the presence of a cardiovascular system of sorts have an effect on how that is accomplished?
Hello all. I'm a friend of vespurrs through Knight Rider fandom, and long time fan of sci-fi. I'm not exactly sure what the rules or ettiquette is for bringing up discussions here, so I figured I'd just jump right in. ;-) And I should probably cut this...Collapse )
Hi there. This is scarab_dynasty, your fully sentient, carbon formed, friendly (usually, anyway) local maintainer. One of Three.

All joking aside, welcome to the community ai_ethics, founded by vespurrs, we are here to discuss the ethics and questions that arise concerning the existence of A.I’s (or Artifical intelligence) in fiction.

Of course, if we’re going to examine these fictional examples of artificial life, I thought that perhaps it would be interesting to explore the idea of artificial life from a real life perspective. So, here we go.

Essay below the cut. Don’t worry it’s not long… not VERY long, anyway. Much. Maybe.Collapse )


Link to the Wikipedia entry for Lt. Commander Data: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Data_%28Star_Trek%29
Link to the Wikipedia entry for Chobits: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chobits
Link to a website concerning Major Motoko Kusinagi of the anime Ghost in the Shell (I haven’t had time to read this one through): http://homepage.mac.com/jubei1/gits/kusanagi.html
Link to The iMDB entry for the Spielberg movie A.I: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0212720/
Link to a Wikipedia listing of Isaac Asimov, including his “Three Laws for Robotics”: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Laws_of_Robotics


Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears and all other listening devices.

Because no one's done it yet, and I am a co-maintainer, I take it upon myself to turn on the music and start the disco ball rotating. (I don't care if you don't like disco. We're having a disco ball and that's final. Don't make me turn this internet around!)

Anyway, it occurs to me that if we're going to be discussing ethics and other social whatsits, we should probably have an agreed-upon terminology, a glossary if you will. So. I propose the following:

A.I. - any cybernetic lifeform not housed in a "body" but part of a computer or computer program, i.e. Skynet, Agents, other Matrix programs

Android - any cybernetic lifeform created with the specific intent of being as like a given type of organic lifeform as possible, i.e. Data, Lore, Cylons

Cybernetic lifeform - any nonorganic lifeform that cannot evolve naturally but must be constructed and/or programmed manually

Cybernetics - the study of methods by which the above can be accomplished

Cyborg - any organic lifeform which chooses to replace major organic functions with cybernetic ones, or to have their conciousness transferred to a cybernetic form with the specific intent of enhacing their abilites by replacing them with superior cybernetic ones, i.e. the Borg, Cybermen

Human - any lifeform possessing the following qualities: intelligence, sapience, sentience, and the capacity for free will.

Organic lifeform - any lifeform which evolved naturally from pre-existing conditions and was not constructed, i.e. Vulcans, homo sapiens, Daleks

Robot - any cybernetic lifeform constructed with the intent of replacing or aiding humans in the area of hard physical or mental labor, i.e. Robbie, Exocomps

See anything missing? Quibbles with the definitions? Do tell. Am adding this post to the community memories as well as tagging it, so if you can't find it again it's your own fault.