Would You Kill a Robot?

by Moin Uddin Ahmed Tipu

If a robot begged for mercy, could you still “kill” it? In a modern-day interpretation of the of the famous Milgram Experiments, scientists from the University of Canterbury see how close people will go when told to “kill.”

Listen to the NPR Story:

Anthony’s video: can we recreate the human mind in a computer?

DNews is a show about the science of everyday life. We post two new videos every day of the week.

Watch More

Subscribe

DNews Twitter

Anthony Carboni Twitter:

Laci Green Twitter

Trace Dominguez Twitter

DNews Facebook

DNews Google+

DNews Website

Related Posts

Leave a Comment

31 comments

Landon April 2, 2017 - 11:35 AM

It's not alive in the first place, so you can't kill it even if you think you can. There is nothing wrong with doing anything to an AI.

Butterfly Supremacy April 15, 2017 - 3:05 AM

no

mert çuhacı May 6, 2017 - 12:31 AM

if something doesnt have a dna. it is not alive.

Desiree Wolf May 10, 2017 - 8:47 AM

If a robot could become so intelligent as to possess true thinking and to be capable of true distress I wouldn't want to hurt it. Or unless its cute, I can't hurt cute things.

CJJ B July 4, 2017 - 3:48 AM

ill still cut off the robot I really don't care and it's scary so bye robot

ssj3 theoutsider! July 22, 2017 - 5:51 AM

Well,the day were it will exist, to me, as long as it respond to the information they get and has memories, I think they can be considered as living beings, and if moreover it has the will to live, I think everyone should listen to it, so it's quite a good sign for humanity ^^

amitoj mann September 26, 2017 - 7:22 PM

I think that when humans and robot's become equally conscious they should be given equal rites
because if we say that they are machine thane who we are

amitoj mann September 26, 2017 - 7:27 PM

what it means to be conscious because can only organic molecules can develop it .

Leto85 October 6, 2017 - 9:01 PM

Before we get into the whole 'killing a robot' thing, shouldn't we first find out if having a consience is really restricted to biological beings only instead? In other words; shouldn't we be figuring out that first and give robots the benefit of the doubt while doing so?

Snow Pearl October 23, 2017 - 12:39 PM

Why cant people make a machine and don't put any "feelings" in them.

Ninja Dominator October 29, 2017 - 12:30 PM

I don't really care if it is ok to kill a robot. because once robots reach Artificial General Intelligence we are all screwed.

Jackie Gao December 7, 2017 - 9:38 AM

I feel turning off a robot is more like putting them to sleep rather than kill them

DeRien8 December 27, 2017 - 2:28 AM

the idea of intentionally destroying a robot animal disturbs me more than killing a real animal for food. watching one of those "fur-real friends" slowly losing battery is the most soul crushing experiences.

TELEVISIBLE January 27, 2018 - 12:17 PM

If he pay me money I will spare its life !

G0atboy January 30, 2018 - 5:38 AM

Sure would. Ad Victoriam, brothers

Anas Takiyudin April 12, 2018 - 10:21 AM

it doesn't have to be conscious. A good human being just don't like going around destroying things.

fluffy the plush chihuahua dog April 16, 2018 - 2:14 AM

noooooo

Jynflyn1 April 18, 2018 - 2:07 AM

There is a difference between a robot and a person. A person is a thing that matters. It has a soul, it lives, and it is the same as you. A robot doesn't live, it is not you, and it is just metal and electricity

J Spence May 6, 2018 - 2:06 AM

this video is fucking stupid
who fucking cares if someone killed a robot!?

its a fucking robot

Jeice June 7, 2018 - 9:24 PM

Id kill a robot by throwing water at it, Reasons- robots will ruin my future life

ttvN0tSSpectrxl July 10, 2018 - 11:20 AM

I would kill a robot

Goerge Ibrahim July 16, 2018 - 12:01 AM

I would kill one at the robot acopolipse

ann July 23, 2018 - 12:42 AM

I wouldn’t kill it. ;__;

Johnny Agregaard August 8, 2018 - 8:34 AM

As all sentient beings they deserved to have a chance in life

Emanuel B. September 10, 2018 - 9:17 AM

He sounds gay on this video

Carl (Carter M.) January 2, 2019 - 5:00 PM

The thumbnail has a robot that looks like BatIM Bendy.

Fractal February 17, 2019 - 7:10 AM

Natural spring water saves the day once again!

Space Pawdity! April 25, 2019 - 2:36 AM

Robo Kitty is kind of cute!!!

little wolf 1 adventures June 7, 2020 - 10:47 AM

𓁹 𓁹
———

lazor playZ June 16, 2020 - 9:27 PM

if i was rich so i would kill a robot to see what robot reaction would be

Brim Wulf July 1, 2020 - 7:18 PM

I think if something can prefer to not experience something unpleasant (in this case being switched off) and it can prove sufficiently convincingly such preference isn’t just scripted, then it would be wrong to do that unpleasant thing to it.