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Humans, not robots, responsible for robotic threat

July 30, 2009

Who made who?
T600 from the movie Terminator Salvation

When the legendary science fiction writer Isaac Asimov penned the “Three Laws of Responsible Robotics,” he forever changed the way humans think about artificial intelligence, and inspired generations of engineers to take up robotics.

In the current issue of journal IEEE Intelligent Systems, two engineers propose alternative laws to rewrite our future with robots.

The future they foresee is at once safer, and more realistic.

1. A human may not deploy a robot without the human-robot work system meeting the highest legal and professional standards of safety and ethics.

2. A robot must respond to humans as appropriate for their roles.

3. A robot must be endowed with sufficient situated autonomy to protect its own existence as long as such protection provides smooth transfer of control which does not conflict with the First and Second Laws.

Source: Ohio State University via PhysOrg.

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