Artificially intelligent sex bots and female slavery: Social science and Jewish legal and ethical perspectives
Information and Communications Technology Law
Taylor & Francis
School of Business and Law
In this paper, we shed light on the question of whether it is morally permissible to enslave artificially intelligent entities by looking at up to date research from the social sciences – as well as the ancient lessons from Jewish law. The first part of the article looks at general ethical questions surrounding the ethics of AI and slavery by looking at contemporary social science research and the moral status of ‘Sex Bots’ – AI entities that are built for the purpose of satisfying human sexual desires. The second part presents a Jewish perspective on the obligation to protect artificial intelligent entities from abuse and raises the issue of the use of such entities in the context of sex therapy. This is followed by a review of slavery and in particular, female slavery in Jewish law and ethics. In the conclusions, we argue that both perspectives provide justification for the ‘Tragedy of the Master’–that in enslaving AI we risk doing great harm to ourselves. This has significant and negative consequences for us – as individuals, in our relationships, and as a society that strives to value the dignity, autonomy, and moral worth of all sentient beings.
Sinclair, D., Dowdeswell, T., & Goltz, N. (2022). Artificially intelligent sex bots and female slavery: Social science and Jewish legal and ethical perspectives. Information & Communications Technology Law. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1080/13600834.2022.2154050