UK vote didn't deny animal sentience but could harm welfare

New Scientist

"MPs quietly voted'that animals cannot feel pain or emotions'," claimed one headline, after the UK's parliament voted against an amendment on animal sentience. That has led to widespread outrage on social media, and more than one petition. But MPs did not really vote that animals cannot feel pain and suffering. Rather, they voted against the UK government having a duty to take this into account post-Brexit. All members of the European Union signed the Lisbon treaty, which came into force in 2009.


Careful how you treat today's AI: it might take revenge in the future

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Artificial intelligence (AI) systems are becoming more like us. You can ask Google Home to switch off your bedroom lights, much as you might ask your human partner. When you text inquiries to Amazon online it's sometimes unclear whether you're being answered by a human or the company's chatbot technology. But we should spare a thought for what we might inadvertently create. Read more: Just like HAL, your voice assistant isn't working for you even if it feels like it is What if we make AI so good at being human that our treatment of it can cause it to suffer?


Careful how you treat today's AI: It might take revenge in the future

#artificialintelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI) systems are becoming more like us. You can ask Google Home to switch off your bedroom lights, much as you might ask your human partner. When you text inquiries to Amazon online, it's sometimes unclear whether you're being answered by a human or the company's chatbot technology. But we should spare a thought for what we might inadvertently create. What if we make AI so good at being human that our treatment of it can cause it to suffer?


Careful how you treat today's AI: it might take revenge in the future

#artificialintelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI) systems are becoming more like us. You can ask Google Home to switch off your bedroom lights, much as you might ask your human partner. When you text inquiries to Amazon online it's sometimes unclear whether you're being answered by a human or the company's chatbot technology. But we should spare a thought for what we might inadvertently create. Read more: Just like HAL, your voice assistant isn't working for you even if it feels like it is What if we make AI so good at being human that our treatment of it can cause it to suffer?