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June 19 2013

Don't Hurt That Robot! How Morality Muddles Perception of a Mind

Although people can't directly experience the consciousness of another, they take for granted that other people have minds that others can think, remember, experience pleasure and feel pain.

People, however, don't typically attribute such minds to robots, corpses and other beings with no apparent consciousness, except if these beings are put in harm's way, new research suggests.

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