Disruptive Behaviors: AI, Robots and the Autism Spectrum Disorder


Session Title:

  • Robots

Presentation Title:

  • Disruptive Behaviors: AI, Robots and the Autism Spectrum Disorder



  • (Short paper)

    Keywords: Artificial Intelligence, Artificial Consciousness, Artificial General Intelligence, Artificial Moral Agents, Autism, Person, Rights, Dissociation, Psychopathology, DSM-V.

    Today we see the rise of new artificially intelligent entities. Some are embodied as robots and others as non-corporal AIs in devices, interfaces and games. Researchers in robotics and Artificial Intelligence and philosophers speculate that these entities will some day pass the Turing Test and exhibit Artificial Consciousness (AC) or Artificial General Intelligence (AGI), act as artificial moral agents (AMAs), be our lovers and even manifest the signs of experiencing pain and suffering. If such entities become our fellow workers, associates and companions shall these entities be extended the status of personhood with all the rights, privileges and protections under the law? How can we judge if they are truly conscious? Will the Turing Test be sufficient test to judge their fitness for citizenship? What if they exhibit behaviors that match the diagnostic criteria from the American Psychiatric Association’s Fifth Edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V) for Autism Spectrum Disorder, Dissociative Identity Disorder or Antisocial Personality Disorder? This paper argues that a DSM “Turing Test” will be needed for what Marvin Minsky termed “self-improving” robots to determine if they are fit to work along side of and interact with human beings on a daily basis.

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