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ArisKatsaris comments on Nonperson Predicates - Less Wrong

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Comment author: ArisKatsaris 17 November 2011 11:01:02AM 0 points [-]

Choosing not to respect the rights of AIs is different from failing to appreciate the potential existence of those rights.

This sentence seems to imply a deontological moral framework, where rights and rules are things-by-themselves, as opposed to guidelines which help a society optimize whatever-it-is-it-wants-to-optimize. There do exist deontologists in LessWrong, but many of us are consequentialists instead.

Comment author: Irgy 17 November 2011 08:40:13PM 2 points [-]

Can't I use the word "rights" without losing my status as a consquentialist? I simply use the concept of a "being with a right to live" as a shortening for "a being for which murdering would, in the majority of circumstances and all else being equal, be very likely to be a poor moral choice". You can respect the rights of something without holding a deontological view that rights are somehow the fundamental definition of morality.