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








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