Can You Rape a Robot?

Hi, I’ll be your waitress tonight. I’m a robot! (ChinaFotoPress / Getty Images) Jerry Kaplan Has Written The Scariest AI Book Yet Will a robot marry your daughter? Should you tip a robot? Can you rape a robot? Just ask the author of “Humans Need Not Apply.” Jerry Kaplan, a long-time entrepreneur and Fellow at the Stanford Center for Legal Informatics, has weighed in on the Great Robot Controversy with a book called Humans Need Not Apply. Kaplan doesn’t believe that robots will be conscious anytime soon, or maybe ever. But he thinks it doesn’t matter. Even though robots and artificial intelligence systems may not become conscious, he argues we will wind up treating them as if they are. As they become more cognitively dexterous, and assume more and more…

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