Singularity Institute Announces "3 Laws Unsafe" Campaign

From: Tyler Emerson (
Date: Thu Jul 15 2004 - 17:13:45 MDT


ATLANTA, GA - In anticipation of 20th Century Fox's July 16th
release of I, Robot, the Singularity Institute announces "3 Laws
Unsafe" ( "3 Laws Unsafe" explores the
problems presented by Isaac Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics, the
principles intended for ensuring that robots help, but never harm,
humans. The Three Laws are widely known and are often taken
seriously as reasonable solutions for guiding future AI. But are
they truly reasonable? "3 Laws Unsafe" addresses this question.

Tyler Emerson, Executive Director of the Singularity Institute:
"The release of I, Robot is a wonderful chance to engage more
people about the perils and promise of strong AI research. The
constraints portrayed in I, Robot appear extremely dangerous and
excessively lacking as an approach to moral AI. The Singularity
Institute's detailed approach, by contrast, utilizes advanced
technical research for creating a mind that is humane in nature."

"3 Laws Unsafe" will include articles by several authors, weekly
poll questions, a blog for announcements and commentary related to
I, Robot and the Three Laws, a free newsletter subscription, and a
reading list with books on relevant topics such as the future of
AI, accelerating change, cognitive science and nanotechnology.

The Singularity Institute's Advocacy Director, Michael Anissimov:
"It is essential that more considerate thinkers get involved in
dialogues of AI ethics and strategy. Although AI as a discipline
has a dubious history of false starts, the accelerating growth of
computing power and brain science knowledge will very likely result
in its creation at some point. In the past few years, technologists
such as Ray Kurzweil and Bill Joy have been informing the public
about this critical issue; but much more awareness is now needed."

The Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence (SIAI) was
founded in 2000 for the pursuit of ethically enhanced intelligence
by creating humane AI. SIAI believes the ethical and significant
enhancement of intelligence will help solve contemporary problems,
such as disease and illness, poverty and hunger, more readily than
other philanthropic causes. SIAI is a tax-exempt non-profit
organization with branches in Canada and the United States.

For more information, please visit

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