In my last column, I mentioned that the Turing Test is an important part of determining personhood. The Turing Test determines not necessarily the consciousness of a technological agent, but whether that agent does a good enough simulation of a human being’s consciousness when communicating with a human being to fool that human being into believing that ze is communicating with another human being.
wise article. yet i wonder if Speciesism isn’t so hardwired into the human brain that we will not go beyond it until we have also left human form behind.
Posted by Jønathan Lyons on 06/13 at 08:22 AM
Thanks, Brad Amante. I think you’re right about speciesism. I also think that we need to locate speciesism in our own judgments and do our best to combat it.
Posted by Pastor_Alex on 06/13 at 10:13 AM
I think it is possible to get past the specieism, but as Jonathan says, it will mean naming it and owning that we have this bias. It is very much like the racism/sexism battle that still rages in some surprising place. One of the offshoots of facing and naming and owning the other -isms is that it gives us space to recognize other biases and fears that we may not have named yet.