greg (grysar) wrote,

Brief quote on essential things for 2020 from Washington Post Outlook

As we develop "affective" computers, remembering that simulated thinking may be thinking, but simulated feeling is not feeling, simulated love is never love.

-- Sherry Turkle, director of the Initiative on Technology and Self, MIT

I'm not sure I buy this particular quote. It makes me think of the short story by LEM about the scientist who creates a simulated civilization to appease a despot. However, he realizes that he did to good of a job and needs to go back and liberate it. Now I don't think characters in the Sims need to have their feelings especially cared for, but I don't see why an entity that could think and has simulated feelings wouldn't quite possibly become morally problematic.

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