Hi Friends,

Even as I launch this today ( my 80th Birthday ), I realize that there is yet so much to say and do.

There is just no time to look back, no time to wonder,"Will anyone read these pages?"

With regards,
Hemen Parekh
27 June 2013

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Thou Shall not Kill

Leave that to me  !

That is what some well wishers of humanity seems to be telling the robots

A report by Human Rights Watch ( along with Harvard Law School International Human Rights Clinic ) says :

"  Control of critical functions by humans during combat, including the selections of targets, saves lives and ensures compliance with international law

Now there is a real threat that humans would relinquish their control and delegate life-and-death decisions to machines  "

Human Rights Watch wants UN to ban such " Killer Robots "

Meaning ? Getting killed by ,

* a flying UAV is OK but not by a walking Robot ?

* AK 47 is OK but not by " Cluster Bombs " ?

* tanks is OK but not by an Atom Bomb ?

* rockets is OK but not by Chemical Weapons ?

What HRW seems to be saying, is :

Getting killed by a human is OK but not by a Robot ?

Who are we trying to fool  ?

Passing resolutions in UN may not make any difference

Super Powers have been violating these with impunity for ages !

Humanity's only hope of not getting extinct at the hands of robots is some Computer Scientist , who develops a software algorithm , which incorporates Isaac Asimov's following " Laws of Robotics " and automatically gets embedded into all existing robots ( on factory floors / homes etc ) and infects all future robots :

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.

That is our only HOPE


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15  April  2016