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Robo-Ethicists Want to Revamp Asimov’s 3 Laws

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Comment by Ed Price
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Asimov's Sci-Fi was basically for reader pleasure. His writings show that he understood how complicated the underlying programming of robots would have to be. (There were really 4 laws. In "Foundation Earth" the robot Daneel Olivaw identified an even more basic law he called the Zeroth Law.) 

A robot's "understanding" of, and adherence to, any law is still only as good as the programmer. For example, optical character recognition programming is not perfect. And it is in only one small area of near AI-ness, the area of recognizing the printed or written word by a computer program. 

We are still at the stage where training us to use robots is more practical safety-wise than teaching the robot to work with us and our shortcomings. Because of this, robots must be limited in their functioning area. They must be used within certain boundaries, and without the freedom that people and animals have. 

The real question about AI is, do we even have the ability to examine ethics and morals deeply enough that we can understand them ourselves? And, if we happened to be able to understand ethics and morals, will we ever be smart enough to program a robot properly? 


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