AI armageddon and the three laws of robotics

Ethics and Information Technology 9 (2):153-164 (2007)
After 50 years, the fields of artificial intelligence and robotics capture the imagination of the general public while, at the same time, engendering a great deal of fear and skepticism. Isaac Asimov recognized this deep-seated misconception of technology and created the Three Laws of Robotics. The first part of this paper examines the underlying fear of intelligent robots, revisits Asimov’s response, and reports on some current opinions on the use of the Three Laws by practitioners. Finally, an argument against robotic rebellion is made along with a call for personal responsibility and suggestions for implementing safety constraints in intelligent robots.
Keywords artificial intelligence  robot  three laws  Asimov  Roboticist’s oath  Frankenstein Complex
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DOI 10.1007/s10676-007-9138-2
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