25 May 2014

Humans, Robots, Asimov's Laws

Yes, we NEED Asimov's Laws --

Do We Need Asimov's Laws? | MIT Technology Review: "In 1942, the science fiction author Isaac Asimov published a short story called Runaround in which he introduced three laws that governed the behaviour of robots. The three laws are as follows:
1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
2. A robot must obey the orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.
He later introduced a fourth or zeroth law that outranked the others:
0. A robot may not harm humanity, or, by inaction, allow humanity to come to harm...." (read more at the link above)

Free phone service FreedomPop unveils $20 'Unlimited' plan - CNET: "Firm launches paid "Unlimited Everything" plan, adds LTE phones to offerings to mark its move to Sprint's LTE network."

U.S. may act to keep Chinese hackers out of Def Con hacker event | Reuters: "....Washington could use such visa restrictions and other measures to keep Chinese from attending the August Def Con and Black Hat events to maintain pressure on China after the United States this week charged five Chinese military officers with hacking into U.S. companies to steal trade secrets...."

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Meteor shower disappoints stargazers, but not too much
Washington Post
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Roombots Self-Assemble into Furniture
EE Times
PORTLAND, Ore. -- In what the lead researcher calls a "crazy" project conjoins dual round robots with three degrees-of-freedom--called Roombots -- which self-assemble into the type of furniture of your choice. Conceived at the Biorobotics Laboratory ...

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