Issues in Friendly AI: Domestic abuse...

From: Mike Lorrey (
Date: Mon Jul 09 2001 - 13:13:03 MDT

A study by a British manufacturing firm has concluded
that 25% of computer users have, at one time or another,
struck a part of their computer out of anger.

This is consistent with other rates of domestic violence against kids
and spouses (of course, depending on what you define as 'violence').
Now, the question is: are we going to need AI abuse laws to help prevent
good AI from going bad? Should AI parents be tested for their parenting
abilities with office equipment? If I drop my PDA, will I be put on the
FBI's Insta-Check database, which includes domestic abusers? Will we
have a wave of suits from clumsy people against AI manufacturers for not
making them rugged enough to handle casual falls?

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