It's amazing how much tv I ingest while wallpapering.
Now, I'm watching the Science Channel. A program about robots. A robotocist says, 'Our goal is to create sentient beings.'
And my antennae begin quivering.
The scientist quickly assures the audience that WE have nothing to fear from these entities.
That may be true -- or not.
But, what have they to fear from US?
Why are we interested in creating them -- beyond the idea of proving we can?
To do tedious jobs we don't want to do ourselves? To do dangerous jobs, ditto? To go into combat in our steads?
If they're sentient, might they not recognize their own 2nd class citizenship? Might they not resent it? Wouldn't you? I sure as hell would.
Even if I'd been programmed not to do anything about it -- maybe especially if I'd been so programmed -- what would that make me? In a word, it would make me a slave.
Do we truly want to go down that road?
Brave New World, here we come-- once again without thinking through the consequences of our actions.