Wednesday, March 7, 2007

"I think he said 'Oil Can'." "Oil can? Oil can what?"

Well maybe you saw this one coming. Check out this bizarre story from South Korea. Equality and Rights for all!!
Treat your green salad and your fried chicken as you would yourself...
The real Liberal "punch"line is hidden in the very last phrase:

Lovingly lifted from today's
S Korea devises 'robot ethics charter'

South Korea's obsession with technology has led it to consider what may be the first government-backed ethical code for robots.

Already well advanced in considering potential uses for robots, from the battlefield to the kitchen, the Korean ministry of commerce, industry and energy today said it hoped to publish guidelines for human-robot relations by the end of the year.

In a move sure to delight science fiction fans, the "Robot Ethics Charter" is likely to be modelled on the instructions devised by the American writer Isaac Asimov in his series, I, Robot.
This was a sort of Hippocratic oath for androids: they were not allowed to harm humans, or allow them to come to harm through inaction; they had to obey orders; and they had to protect themselves if that did not compromise the first two instructions.

The South Koreans are not the only people working on such an ethics code, but others are independent efforts by scientists themselves uneasy at the implications of their work.

The initial findings of one such group, the European Robotics Research Network (Euron) were unveiled last summer, and went as far as raising the question of the ethics of robot sexuality, and whether sex-toy robots should be developed.

It is not clear how an armed robot the ministry is developing in conjunction with Samsung, to stand guard over the North Korean border and capable of firing automatically, would fit in with Asimov's first law.

Even without the development of "conscious" robots capable of making their own decisions, Park Hye-Young, a ministry official, said it was necessary to consider issues such as data protection and security.

But she stressed that the code would also affect human attitudes to robots. "Imagine if some people treat androids as if the machines were their wives," she said.
Naturally, and of course she meant "men" just then...


Abouna said...

This spells visions of the Terminator. For the life of me, I cannot figure out why our so-called scientists seem to be so eager to work toward our ultimate demise.

I mean, if computers can have clitches, then what is to prevent the machines from destroying their creator and taking over?

Sort of the way mankind has been trying to do since the Garden of Eden.

The Localmalcontent said...

Yeah, the Terminator, or the movie "I, Robot", with Will Smith, which deals with a future which includes Robotic ethics and rights. I can't wait for my toaster to tell me that it wants to sleep in some more, or my truck to tell me that it doesn't want to drive today, in this weather... It'll happen!