Artificial Companions: “Robots Should be Slaves” Exercise

In her article “Robots Should be Slaves” Joanna Bryson argues that robots should be treated as slaves not as companions. The paragraph below asks you to consider an opposing argument:

Scientists at the Computer Science and AI Laboratories at MIT used machine learning and language approaches to train a robot arm to cooperate with humans on tasks. Should robots be trained to use language to work cooperatively, as companions, with humans? If so, do you think robots can and should have rights? Write an approximately 300 word paragraph stating your opinion on whether or not you think robots should be programmed to operate as companions or as slaves.

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