January 19: Robots and UFOs

January 19
Robots and UFOs

I visualize a time when we will be to robots what dogs are to humans, and I’m rooting for the machines.
~Claude Shannon, The Mathematical Theory of Communication

Let’s start with the three fundamental Rules of Robotics. We have: one, a robot may not injure a human being, or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. Two, a robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law. And three, a robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.
~Isaac Asimov, Astounding Science Fiction, Mar. 1942

The danger of the future is that men may become robots. True enough, robots do not rebel. But given man’s nature, robots cannot live and remain sane, they become “Golems.” They will destroy their world and themselves because they cannot stand any longer the boredom of a meaningless life.
~Erich Fromm, The Sane Society


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