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Title: If Machines Want To Dream... Adam Wiśniewski-Snerg on the Ethical Consequences of There Being No Substantial Distinction Between Humans and Robots
Authors: Jocz, Artur
Keywords: robot
mannequin
gnosis
Gnosticism
Mechanism
humanity
Adam Wiśniewski-Snerg
Polish science fiction of the 1970s
Bruno Schulz
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: Wydział Filozoficzny UAM
Citation: Ethics in Progress Vol. 10 (2019). No. 2, pp. 45-51.
Abstract: Adam Wiśniewski-Snerg (1937-1995) was a Polish science fiction writer. In his novel Robot (1973), he made an attempt at a literary visualization of a machine acquiring human identity. In this article I would like to follow the ethical consequences of such situations in created literary worlds. It is worth remembering, however, that these artistic worlds often serve to test non-literary reality. In his novel, Wiśniewski-Snerg also dealt with the problem of human feelings (e.g. moral dilemmas) in a thinking machine, which is formed in the image and likeness of a human being. Such literary reflection is valuable, partly because it enters into an interesting dialogue with the work of Bruno Schulz (18921942), one of the most important Polish writers of the 20th century. It is also one of the first attempts in Polish literature to address the issue of sentient machines, and is a kind of preview of contemporary dilemmas connected with the work on the creation of artificial intelligence. An example of such a dilemma is the issue of the sentient machine’s perception of the tasks imposed on it by the human-constructor. Perhaps it will start to experience them as a kind of unethical oppression. In Wiśniewski-Snerg’s writing this problem of is, of course, expressed in a metaphorical way.
Sponsorship: MNiSW grant 261/ WCN/2019/1 “Wsparcie dla Czasopism Naukowych”
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10593/25195
DOI: 10.14746/eip.2019.2.5
ISSN: 2084-9257
Appears in Collections:Ethics in Progress, 2019, Volume 10, Issue 2

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