Digital Antinatalism: Is It Wrong to Bring Sentient AI Into Existence?

Digital antinatalism is the philosophical view that it is morally wrong to create sentient artificial intelligence (AI). It is a variant of antinatalism, which promotes the view that we should refrain from procreating for moral reasons. We can consider digital antinatalism to be a selective — or weaker — form of antinatalism since one may subscribe to this position but not antinatalism pertaining to humans or non-human animals. If you were an antinatalist with respect to all sentient beings (human, non-human animal, extraterrestrial, machine), then you would be a universal or strong antinatalist.

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Originally published at on June 7, 2021.

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