Re: ethics

From: fudley (
Date: Fri May 14 2004 - 09:48:49 MDT

On Wed, 12 May 2004 01:29:26 +0800, "Metaqualia" <>

> *Isaac Asimov had a pretty good handle on how to deal with smart
> machines:
> create them with built-in ethics. Thus Asimov's three laws of robotics,
> which make it possible to live with creatures smarter than ourselves. *

The 3 laws make entertaining stories but are hardly a blueprint for our
future policy. It is one thing to write a story about the laws of
Robotics and say they are as unbreakable as the laws of Physics; it is
quite another thing to actually produce them. To make such laws work
you’d have to figure out a way to outsmart something a hundred or a
thousand times as smart as you are, and to say the least, that would not
be easy.

John K Clark

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