A Google engineer, Blake Lemoine, mistakenly designated one AI program “sentient.”
These AI champions are appealing to the Software of the Gaps, a secular cousin of the God of the Gaps.
Wait. Barash’s hypothesis overlooks the fact that suffering is more than an alarm system. An alarm could be going off in an empty building.
We have even seen one professor declare the supposed personhood of peas. Now, it is insects’ turn at being anthropomorphized.
This kind of thinking drives me nuts. First, we don’t treat animals as mere things or as being akin to inanimate objects.