Just imagine your partner blocking you out of the blue and then you see them with a child. To prevent you from inquiring, they block you and put a restraining order. Peachy, right?
When your computer gets a VIRUS, is that suddenly "AI"? Or alive? No, just extra code. Yet, it "grew" seemingly on its own.
At the end of the day, we can pull the plug, shut it off, and power it up the next day in the same state. We don't do that to kids.
it is still just replaceable STUFF.
Right. The virus propagated itself via our instructions.
wouldn't we simply have a backup plan? Nightly backups?
Your last sentence*: if we COPY people and put them IN TO a 3d robot thing, should we value the copy just like the original?
I guess this is exactly what this episode is all about with the cookie: it is STILL just a thing they trained to serve the REAL life person.
Just because it ACTS alive or freaked out, it is still just a thing WE made from nothing.
When our copy becomes as valued and respected as ourselves (because it is ACTING alive), then we are doomed as a species.
We'll make this stuff, until we are all dead, and they go one reproducing themselves with zero purpose other than reproducing. WE are a little better at life than that. :)
But *I* would still be here in me! How would we ever really know? The cookie thought she was real too.
Maybe the answer is, stop messing with AI etc