Rhyme of the Day

Various meanderings with a rhyme in there somewhere.

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Bomb Bot
john_j_enright
The Dallas police killed the shooter by sending in a "bomb robot" with a bomb attached - and setting off the bomb.

Technology marches on.

I think this would have violated one of Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics. Particlularly number one: "A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm."

But those were laws for robots with "positronic" brains - robots who actually had the ability to understand what they were doing. This wasn't that sort of robot at all. This was basically a remote controlled device.

When you're shooting it out with the cops
And all the action stops
So they can send you a bot...

Will it be friendly? I think not.

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Asimov also thought you could program robots with principles, and then you had to work out how they would apply in each circumstance. In the real world, you have to program for each circumstance.

You might find the comic Freefall interesting. The three laws apply in ways that Asimov never dreamed of.

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