Robots are no longer a dream. They are growing in complexity and importance. So now, researchers have decided, is the time to start studying how we interact with them. Are they more dangerous than we realize?
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Those who have read Robot stories or iRobot movie, would remember Isaac Asimov’s 3 laws of robotics (which were written more than 70 years ago):
A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.A robot must obey the orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.
Yet there is one key factor that we have to consider that was not considered in this mindset. We are approaching singularity with a great speed. There will be a time that having bionic parts is not only unusual, but rather is the norm. In such an age, maybe not far from now, we will be part Robot. How will we twist the rules that it could leave us (i.e. our next generation of "bio-robots") free of the limitations imposed by laws that would apply to "lesser" Robots? Drawing this line is going to be challenging. When Claude Shannon was asked: "do you think that machines could think?, he replied: You bet. I’m a machineand you’re a machine, and we both think, don’t we?
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