Asimov Laws

Dan Fabulich (
Tue, 23 Nov 1999 19:53:31 -0500 (EST)

'What is your name?' 'Ross A. Finlayson.' 'IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT YOUR NAME IS!!!':

> Well, I think the Asimovian (?) laws should be applied to any AI, intrinsically,
> within some kind of non-alternative hard-wired framework. That is, similarly to
> Java, any motive AI should operate within a "sandbox", subject to the protection
> of humanity.

Yeah? How'd you like it if I put YOU in a sandbox, and hard-wired you to serve me? Would it make you feel any better if I happened to be a lot stupider than you?

While I'm not saying that an AI would actually have the same reaction as you, you can be pretty sure that the results won't be good.

HAL's problem was that the mission was all-important to him; on account of this, he couldn't think "outside the box."


-unless you love someone-
-nothing else makes any sense-

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