Ethical Dilemma Of Artificial Intelligence

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The major ethical dilemma faced in the series Westworld is a problem that we as human will have to eventually address. The rate at which technology is advancing is incredible and there have been great strides that have been accomplished when it comes to our progress on Artificial Intelligence. Therefore, there has been ongoing ethical debate about weather or not humans should ultimately extend rights to Artificial Intelligence once it becomes sentient. Many highly respectable persons, such as Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking, and Steve Wozniak have all voiced their concerns against Artificial Intelligence; even going as far as saying it could lead to the eventual demise of all of mankind.

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The only way humans in Westworld were able to justify such treatment of the hosts was to distance themselves by stating that they were just simply machines who were unable to comprehend their mistreatment. Theresa confirms this in Season 1 Episode 1 The Original when she remarks, “[Westworld] works because the guests know they’re not real”.

This mindset ignored the long-term affects of the trauma inflicted on the hosts. In an article in World View, Hutan Ashrafian made an excellent point about holding intelligent machines to the same standards as human beings because “if we were to allow sentient machines to commit injustices on one another — even if these ‘crimes’ did not have a direct impact on human welfare — this might reflect poorly on our own humanity.” That’s why Logan’s statement about Westworld ability to “show you who you are” rings true. Especially for William who ended up transforming into the most horrific character in the series the Man in Black. Unfortunately, that sort of dark switch in character is not limited to fiction.
In the Stanford Prison Experiment conducted in 1971 by Philip Zimbardo, it showed how dark of a turn ordinary people could take when either pushed to the limit or given so much power of authority over others. “The study subjects, middle-class college students, had answered a questionnaire about their family backgrounds, and had been deemed “normal”; a coin flip divided them into

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