Humanity Denied

I feel like humanity should probably not make sentient machines.

This isn’t because I fear a robot uprising. No, this is because I don’t trust humanity to deal with artificial people when we see how it deals with just plain, old people. If someone were working toward a future involving sentient machines/artificial people, I feel compelled to ask: why would you make sentient machines/artificial people?

First answer: because we can. Honestly, never a good reason. I feel like there are plenty of cautionary tales out there about not asking if we should do something instead of if we could do something. A lack of forethought, disregard for the consequences, all that.

Second answer: to improve the world. In what way specifically? If it involves making them a new workforce or to improve the efficacy of businesses or otherwise creating a new servant class, I have concerns. If you’re developing something with the intent of it being “used” in some capacity, don’t make it sentient. We’re still dealing with the repercussions of doing that to literal humans today. It’s still kinda happening today. I feel like it’s not necessarily gonna be an improvement.

Third answer: some sort of companionship? Maybe we’re so tired of being “alone” in this neck of the universe, that we decide to take it into our own hands. Seems… unnecessary. And it falls prey to the same potential issues as those previous two. What I also fear, to some degree, is that it will be with the intent of finding companionship that its proponents/creators could not find in humanity. “Others have refused me, but maybe this will not.”

Maybe there are reasons to create a sentient artificial being out there that I’ve been blind to. These three broad answers probably aren’t all there is. It’s just, with so many of them the more questions you ask, the more you end up back at something exploitative. Or ethically questionable. Or a likely repeat of some issue we already have/had with other humans in the past.

All that said, Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049 are masterpieces that hit on a lot of those points, and if you haven’t watched them, please do. These shirts will be waiting for you when you’re done.

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Humanity Denied

I feel like humanity should probably not make sentient machines.

This isn’t because I fear a robot uprising. No, this is because I don’t trust humanity to deal with artificial people when we see how it deals with just plain, old people. If someone were working toward a future involving sentient machines/artificial people, I feel compelled to ask: why would you make sentient machines/artificial people?

First answer: because we can. Honestly, never a good reason. I feel like there are plenty of cautionary tales out there about not asking if we should do something instead of if we could do something. A lack of forethought, disregard for the consequences, all that.

Second answer: to improve the world. In what way specifically? If it involves making them a new workforce or to improve the efficacy of businesses or otherwise creating a new servant class, I have concerns. If you’re developing something with the intent of it being “used” in some capacity, don’t make it sentient. We’re still dealing with the repercussions of doing that to literal humans today. It’s still kinda happening today. I feel like it’s not necessarily gonna be an improvement.

Third answer: some sort of companionship? Maybe we’re so tired of being “alone” in this neck of the universe, that we decide to take it into our own hands. Seems… unnecessary. And it falls prey to the same potential issues as those previous two. What I also fear, to some degree, is that it will be with the intent of finding companionship that its proponents/creators could not find in humanity. “Others have refused me, but maybe this will not.”

Maybe there are reasons to create a sentient artificial being out there that I’ve been blind to. These three broad answers probably aren’t all there is. It’s just, with so many of them the more questions you ask, the more you end up back at something exploitative. Or ethically questionable. Or a likely repeat of some issue we already have/had with other humans in the past.

All that said, Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049 are masterpieces that hit on a lot of those points, and if you haven’t watched them, please do. These shirts will be waiting for you when you’re done.

More Great Designs!

-The House Always Wins
-The Call of Fall
-Batting 100
-It’s All in the Cards
-The Robots Are Coming
-Christmas Meowacle
-Buy Our Ironic Capitalism Shirts!

Would you pass a test designed to determine whether someone is sentient android or a regular human?

  • 100%
    100%
  • Probably
    Probably
  • It's a toss-up
    It's a toss-up
  • Unlikely
    Unlikely
  • Not a chance
    Not a chance
41 votes