Can Machines Be Persons

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Explain and Illustrate the view that some machines can be persons The common definition of personhood is one that holds the eight characteristics of personhood, machines do not yet hold these characteristics nor think independantly so they are not thought of as persons. But as technology is developing each day it is possible that they can aquire some of these characteristics soon and become persons. If some machines cannot be distinguished from humans they should be considered persons. In the same way that if we found out that a close relative was a relative we'd still interact with it in the same way. We can only determine to ourselves whether someone is a person or not through interaction so if we were to interact with a robot that is convincing enough it seems sensible to define it as a person. For example in Alan Turing's 'Turing Test' a human has a conversation between a robot and another human some kind of text, this is done so the clear audio difference isn't seen. Often the human cannot distinguish between the robot and the human. Therefore this supports the idea that if we think that a robot is a person and can't tell it from a human it is. This is because Turing said that if the judge cannot reliably tell the machine from the human, the machine is said to have passed the test. Another reason we could consider machies person is the intricate development they are going through, there are robots being created to simulate human life and because of this it leaves the though of what could be possible in the future. For example in the film 'The Matrix' the robots have developed enough to understand that they didn't need to serve humans anymore and therefore overtook the human race and understood that they can use them as a resource. Again the extreme sufistication in the technology in the film 'I Robot' made two of the robots able to develop a control over
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