Machine Consciousness: Ethics and Implications

  • Siobhan LyonsEmail author


This chapter investigates the notion of ‘machine consciousness’ and the concept of a ‘robot life’. The chapter focuses on current debates surrounding the ‘hard problem of consciousness’, and the potential link between machines and consciousness in science and technology. This chapter also deals with the significant ethical implications of the development of machine life, including the development of autonomous weaponry or ‘killer robots’, as well as the potential loss of an ‘essential’ humanity. Finally, this chapter examines the persistence of the ‘Frankenstein Complex’, before challenging commonplace assumptions about the malevolent potential of a robot species.


Machine consciousness Brain Ethics Essentialism Killer robots 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural StudiesMacquarie UniversityNorth RydeAustralia

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