Re: ethics

From: Tim Duyzer (
Date: Fri May 14 2004 - 11:28:36 MDT

The three laws of robotics are theoretical science first and plot elements
second. Of course, it will likely be incredibly difficult to build such laws
into an artificial intelligence, but that doesn't make them any less valid.
I would be interested in seeing alternatives to Asimov's 'robot morality',
though. If you know of a different set of effective laws that would protect
both human and robot interests, I'd like to see them.

----- Original Message -----
From: "fudley" <>
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Sent: Friday, May 14, 2004 11:48 AM
Subject: Re: ethics

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