Monday, September 17, 2012
Ok, nobody liked my analogy of contraception with rape- for good reasons, even though I stand by both definitions. But let us defuse it a little. Say that someday, they invent a first aid robot that would greatly reduce the lethal nature of all household accidents and sickness. But doing so created an artificial intelligence of such complexity that some religions started defining it as having a soul- and thus, owning one could be considered slavery. Furthermore, mass production reduces the cost of owning one to something *anybody* could easily afford. Should the HHS department of the United States require that insurance companies provide you with such a robot, free of charge to you, but raising the cost of insurance to your employer? If you were a member of a religion that considered ownership of such robots slavery, should you be fined several thousand dollars a year for refusing to provide one?