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Robot Pain


Van Rysewyk, S, Robot Pain, International Journal of Synthetic Emotions, 4, (2) pp. 1-12. ISSN 1947-9093 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.4018/ijse.2013070103


Functionalism of robot pain claims that what is definitive of robot pain is functional role, defined as the causal relations pain has to noxious stimuli, behavior and other subjective states. Here, the author proposes that the only way to theorize role-functionalism of robot pain is in terms of type-identity theory. The author argues that what makes a state pain for a neuro-robot at a time is the functional role it has in the robot at the time, and this state is type identical to a specific circuit state. Support from an experimental study shows that if the neural network that controls a robot includes a specific 'emotion circuit', physical damage to the robot will cause the disposition to avoid movement, thereby enhancing fitness, compared to robots without the circuit. Thus, pain for a robot at a time is type identical to a specific circuit state.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Philosophy and Religious Studies
Research Group:Philosophy
Research Field:Philosophy not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Van Rysewyk, S (Mr Simon Van Rysewyk)
ID Code:92921
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:School of Humanities
Deposited On:2014-06-30
Last Modified:2014-06-30

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