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Offer: One Billion Dollars for a Conscious Robot; If You're Honest, You Must

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Abstract:

You are offered one billion dollars to 'simply' produce a proof-of-concept robot that has phenomenal consciousness -- in fact, you can receive a deliciously large portion of the money up front, by simply starting a three-year work plan in good faith. Should you take the money and commence? No. I explain why this refusal is in order, now and into the foreseeable future.

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Departments of Cognitive and Computer Science, Rensselaer AI & Reasoning Lab, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY 12180, USA, Email: selmer@rpi.edu

Publication date: 2007-01-01

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