Robot Ethics (When the shoe is on the other foot)

hitchbot

On the heels of hitchBOT’s demise, Kate Darling, an expert in robot ethics at MIT Media Lab, spoke with Wired’s Katie Collins about humans’ ability to relate emotionally to robots and other objects in an article for Wired.

It’s a great read. Just saying.

And just like that, there’s one more field of study I need to add to my “what to look for next” file – Robot Ethics.

But it also got me to thinking. In modern science fiction, we all know about Asimov’s Laws.

The Three Laws of Robotics by Isaac Asimov clearly state:

1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.

2. A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.

3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.

I never thought about it the other way around. And were these three laws on Hitchbot’s mind when he met his demise?

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