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Mary Shelley ’s 1817 masterpiece Frankenstein:  The Modern Prometheus   Credits:  http://www.mightyape.co.nz
Credits:  http://en.wikipedia.org   Credits:  http://canadianchristianity.com   Credits:  http://www.ibeatyou.com   I, Rob...
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Spielberg’s AI Credits:  http://www.filmcritic.com/features/2001/07   Credits:  http://outsidernarratives.blogspot.com   I...
“ We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”   ~ Declaration of Independence July 4, 1776 ~...
Credits:  http://www.vanderbilt.edu   Credits:  http://www.archives.gov   the long march of civil rights 1860 Credits:  ht...
In the past two centuries… Monsters / Things Credits:  Illustration by Harry Brockway from Mary Shelley's  Frankenstein. h...
Credits:  http://spacecollective.org   1950s Artificial Intelligence Hello Dave 1968s Stanley Kubrick ’s HAL in 2001: A Sp...
Credits:  http://movingfilms.wordpress.com   Rossum ’s Universal Robots (1922) Credits:  http://en.wikipedia.org
Star Trek: Measure of a Man (1989)  Credits:   http://en.wikipedia.org   Commander Data Civil Rights of  Digital People
Credits:  http://www.blingcheese.com   Immigration Credits:  http://www.immigrationdnatesting.us/   Civil Rights March Cre...
The lesson of intertwined cultural histories of  techno-human imitations and civil rights is clear: <ul><li>That which val...
Thank you. 20 July 2011 [email_address]
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200 Years After Frankenstein: Intertwined Histories of Artificial Consciousness and Civil Rights

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Concepts of civil rights and artificial consciousness were both born around 200 years ago, starting with Mary Shelley's classic Frankenstein and the fight of progressives to end Britain's slave trade. As people have learned to award rights to all people who value them, regardless of gender, skin tone or ethnicity, people have subliminally absorbed the lesson that even artificially created consciousness, if it values human rights, deserves to have them.

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200 Years After Frankenstein: Intertwined Histories of Artificial Consciousness and Civil Rights

  1. 2. Mary Shelley ’s 1817 masterpiece Frankenstein:  The Modern Prometheus Credits: http://www.mightyape.co.nz
  2. 3. Credits: http://en.wikipedia.org Credits: http://canadianchristianity.com Credits: http://www.ibeatyou.com I, Robot Imitations Credits: http://www.technologyblogged.com Rossum ’s Universal Robots
  3. 4. Credits: http://www.stormgrounds.com/wallpaper/Entertainment/Cylon Second Class Citizenry Cylons Credits: http://www.stonebridge.com
  4. 5. Spielberg’s AI Credits: http://www.filmcritic.com/features/2001/07 Credits: http://outsidernarratives.blogspot.com Imitations do not always go berserk Bicentennial Man
  5. 6. “ We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”  ~ Declaration of Independence July 4, 1776 ~ Credits: http://ebookstore.sony.com Credits: http://remnanttrust.ipfw.edu Slaves, women and other oppressed people occupied the role of being an imitation of a human.  In the latter 1700s women had no rights… In the latter 1700s slavery was a part of life…
  6. 7. Credits: http://www.vanderbilt.edu Credits: http://www.archives.gov the long march of civil rights 1860 Credits: http://www.websters-online-dictionary.org Credits: http://www.drmartinlutherking.net 1960 Frederick Douglass Abraham Lincoln Martin Luther King, Jr. Lyndon B. Johnson to
  7. 8. In the past two centuries… Monsters / Things Credits: Illustration by Harry Brockway from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. http://foliosociety.org.uk Robot / Slave Credits: http://canadianchristianity.com Illustration by Harry Brockway from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.
  8. 9. Credits: http://spacecollective.org 1950s Artificial Intelligence Hello Dave 1968s Stanley Kubrick ’s HAL in 2001: A Space Odyssey Credits: http://www.moviewallpapers.net Artificial Intelligence made Frankenstein-like stories plausible The creation of a credible, digital person
  9. 10. Credits: http://movingfilms.wordpress.com Rossum ’s Universal Robots (1922) Credits: http://en.wikipedia.org
  10. 11. Star Trek: Measure of a Man (1989) Credits: http://en.wikipedia.org Commander Data Civil Rights of Digital People
  11. 12. Credits: http://www.blingcheese.com Immigration Credits: http://www.immigrationdnatesting.us/ Civil Rights March Credits: http://www.ccrh.org Rosie the Riveter Credits: http://www.pophistorydig.com Young Frankenstein
  12. 13. The lesson of intertwined cultural histories of techno-human imitations and civil rights is clear: <ul><li>That which values life, regardless of its form, heritage or </li></ul><ul><li>substrate, will demand to be respected in its value of life; </li></ul><ul><li>Tolerate substrate diversity easily in its beginnings, or </li></ul><ul><li>tolerate it hard in the end; </li></ul><ul><li>If something thinks like a human, it will want to be loved, </li></ul><ul><li>it will resent being abandoned and it will channel its anger </li></ul><ul><li>in strange and unpredictable ways; and </li></ul><ul><li>Better for all that we love, nurture and respect that which </li></ul><ul><li>we create in our likeness. </li></ul>
  13. 14. Thank you. 20 July 2011 [email_address]

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