Following Europe’s lead, Korea is in the middle of drafting its own Robot Ethics Charter. What’s a Robot Ethics Charter, you ask? It’s legislation which dictates how robots will be built, used and behave.
Life has finally begun imitating the most outlandish and improbable art out there, pulp science fiction stories from the ‘50s, specifically a collection of short stories, I, Robot (on which the hit movie starring Will Smith was based) by acclaimed sci-fi author, Isaac Asimov. In the stories, robot behavior is governed by the three laws of robotics, which are as follows…
- 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 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.
Damn, at this rate, in fifty or so years a young, black detective may actually fight an army of robots and unravel a cybernetic murder conspiracy.
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