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The Moral Instinct Explained

Posted 14 Jan 2008 at 20:27 UTC by steve Share This

The stereotypical robots of science fiction are highly intelligent but lack emotions and morals. This is mainly because folk-wisdom held that intelligence was very easy to understand and reproduce while emotions and morals were very hard. The reality seems to going the other way though. Primitively emoting robots are now commonplace. Will we have robots that can reason emotionally and morally before they can beat us at the Turing test? A fascinating new article by Steven Pinker explains the latest research on morality, showing how it provides both a basis for mathematical-like moral absolutes while explaining the widely varying moral views seen in different individuals and cultures.


Aha!, posted 16 Jan 2008 at 03:34 UTC by MDude » (Journeyer)

More evidence that being a weirdo is super-cool. ;)

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