Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Atlas Shrugging?

The video is nicely plotted. At the end, a much-poked and shoved robot flees outside. (Well, actually just goes through a door using the crash bar, but the visual narrative suggests escape.)

Anyone who spends much time with computers immediately wonders: "How many bugs are in the code for the three laws?

If you haven't thought of that before, try the exercise: a robot is in the kitchen with you. How do you implement the First Law: no action or inaction will allow a human to be harmed? What does the robot do with you and the stove, or the grater? Your fork? How does it know what is likely to represent harm?

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