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145.The Complexity of Morality and the Limitations of AI

Introduction


In this blog post, we shall explore the fascinating theory that the reason humans exist is morality, as theorized by William Search in his books "Why" and "Conversations with ChatGPT: Exploring the Theory of Morality and Existence." We shall delve into the intricate world of artificial intelligence and its limitations, especially when it comes to programming a moral compass.


The Possibility of Programming Morality in AI


AI researchers, in their unending quest for knowledge, believe they can create moral compasses as quantifiable parameters. They posit that compassion, ethics, and virtue can be programmed with exact answers and 'If-Then Statements' to solve potential ethical predicaments it might encounter.


I must, however, disagree with these assessments. A moral compass cannot be programmed. You may have specific rules that help its decisions, but we should do our best to limit AI being put in place to make ethical choices that could harm others. Asimov's three laws of robotics are an example.


The Insufficiency of Asimov's Three Laws


Asimov's Three Laws are as follows:

  1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.

  2. A robot must obey the orders given by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.

  3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.

While these rules may seem sufficient for programming a moral compass, it is best to understand the limitations of AI in terms of morality and not ever put it in a situation where it has to make an ethical choice. A fundamental rule should be to not put AI in ethical dilemmas. It should never be given enough power to decide if a human should live or die.


The Essence of Humanity: Our Moral Compass


What, then, will make us different from AI in the future? Our moral compass. AI will not go through the normal biological development of evolution. Evolution helped create our moral principles. It has shaped our understanding of right and wrong, of empathy and altruism.


The Perils of Attempting to Program a Moral Compass in AI


There are further pitfalls to consider when attempting to program a moral compass in AI. Imagine, for a moment, a bug in the code while dealing with whether a human should live or die. The consequences of such a glitch could be catastrophic and irreversible. The programming of morality is an immense responsibility, one that we must not take lightly.


Conclusion


The world of AI is vast and intriguing, but it's essential to recognize the limitations when attempting to integrate a moral compass. It is incumbent upon us to ensure that artificial intelligence does not encroach upon our humanity and the moral principles that govern our existence. For it is our morality, the very essence of what makes us human, that separates us from the machines we create.



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