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Monday, May 15, 2006

Yeharaig v'al Yaavor Robotics

As you may know Asimov had as a basis for his robots the three laws of positronics the first of which was, "No Robot can harm or allow to come to harm any person." Now suppose someone threatens you with death unless you eat some pork and there is a Robot standing nearby. Is it a certainty that the robot will save you and therefore you should refuse or can you not rely on a computer for safety. This may also depend on whether these robots are aware of the Zeroth Law of Robotics which Asimov threw in the second half of his career as a cheap buy-out. Therefore since given Asimov's views on religion he probably would think making the world atheist is in humanity's interests a robot can not be relied on.

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