[Edu-sig] PC terminology to end processes? (was Re: Tips ...)
kirby.urner at gmail.com
Thu Apr 27 06:53:50 CEST 2006
On 4/26/06, Paul D. Fernhout <pdfernhout at kurtz-fernhout.com> wrote:
> I see the value in encouraging kids to have a sense of their own power,
> but I have a script on my system (just for myself) which lets me type
> "stop" instead of "kill".
I'm disgusted that "kill" isn't politically correct enough. We're
engineers, not politicians.
> Even in a virtual world of computing, is teaching kids to "kill" a good
> message? Language does effect thought to an extent.
> I feel a bit the same way about some user manuals that go on about
> "depressing" or "hitting" buttons. "Press" is a better choice I think.
OK, so now you're just being funny. Hah!
> Also, someday those processes might represent sentient AIs and attempting
> to "kill" them might have serious consequences. Perhaps good to to get
> kids thinking about the potential rights of any sentience, even now. :-)
> --Paul Fernhout
Right. Be fearful little huddly creatures, all aquiver and afraid o
dat big bad AI monster.
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