Precepts are only precepts, and not absolute commandments. They are supposed to generate mindfulness and consciousness of your actions.
Speech is the most difficult to control actually, and everyone finds themselves falling short on this one. Are there times when it is ok to lie? If you lie to make others feel good (simple lies like ‘I like that shirt’) is that ok? Usually lies are designed to make life more convenient for the liar, not the recipient.
With the never ending ingenuity of humans to deceive, at least machines are straight forward – you know where you are with machines following set codes of action.
Until now – Robots, reports Gizmag, are now being taught to tell lies to us humans.
Lies that help robots on the battlefield (usual military justification claims combat technology is there to ‘save lives’). Lies that might help a robot control a panicking human.
The experiments involved ‘teaching’ a robot to hide from another robot using deception. Deceiving another robot was not considered immoral. Which is interesting as the research was funded by the Office of Naval Research.
This is not the first machine to lie of course – my computer lies to me all the time!