Set in the immediate future, artificial general intelligence (AGI) has attained sapient equivalent of a 15 years old teenager, these humanoid robots are hardwired to obey the robot penal code which keeps updating. AGI is not the robot itself but the digital impression created by billions of processors talking among themselves and they would periodically perform backup of their entire memory to an external secured server. They can compute abstract idea such as death, death to them is the irrecoverable program failure accompanied with massive loss of data. But hardware can be replaced and there is backup data as well so my question is why would AGI fear death?
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There is no rational reason that a being should fear something that cannot occur, and irrational ones are likely a matter of opinion.
The only way to answer this question rationally, therefore, is to change the frame in such a way that the thing to be feared CAN happen.
Robots, being non-biological, are not subject to biological aging, nor death in the same sense that humans are. However, that does not mean that a robot cannot be destroyed.
Perhaps the complex patters of a sentient AI are such that they cannot be adequately copied to produce a backup, or even the very process of attempting to make a copy corrupts the pattern and renders the copy useless. In this scenario, the robot knows that it is the only version of itself, and cannot be rescued should terminal damage be done to its robotic brain. The destruction of its pattern, in this instance, is the robot's concept of death.
Who said death cannot occur for robots?
Shutting down is nothing to fear because you can be turned back on but death occurs when something breaks that cannot be fixed.
It's exactly the same for people where sleep is shutting down and death is still death.