Asimov’s Robot Laws are bullshit

You may remember a little while ago I posted a video link of Isaac Asimov listing his three Robot Laws. An interesting discussion followed in the comments on that post.

I’ve just come across this article on Gizmodo that posits that those Laws are, in fact, utter bullshit. Some interesting points are raised, but I think the author over there is missing the point between mechanical tools and actual robots with AI, which is more what Asimov was referring to. Of course, that’s a whole new can of worms – how do you define what is a tool and what is a robot and where do you allow AI?

Any ideas, drop a comment.

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One thought on “Asimov’s Robot Laws are bullshit

  1. Yeah I think he’s missing a lot of points. He’s right in that IF we were able to create “proper” AI robots then we should think a bit carefully before putting these 3 laws in. But who cares that we’re not there yet?

    Plus Asimov indeed was making a fictional point, I don’t think he himself considered these to be necessarily The Laws to implement with actual robots.

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