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(Japan Times)   The U.N. writes Issac Asimov a sternly worded letter   (japantimes.co.jp) divider line 55
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2013-05-05 10:53:31 AM
Anytime someone brings up a weapons ban it ends up really about making sure the wrong people get their hands on said weapons first.
Automated war machines are destabilizing to traditional war, so the bad guys want to fill their inventories with the things while treaty abiding nations are supposed to sit back and wait.  We get to watch China, India and the rest pack trailer loads of UAVs off to the front lines while we wave a piece of paper saying how wrong it is.

I say we tell the UN to go and choke on it.
 
2013-05-05 11:19:20 AM

Bondith: oryx: UN writes Asimov a sternly worded letter because its position on robots is the same as Asimov, Headline makes no sense.

1st Law of Killer Robots: A killer robot may not not harm, or through inaction fail to allow harm to come to a human being.

2nd Law: A Killer Robot must ignore the commands of human beings, unless doing so would conflict with the 1st Law.

3rd Law: A Killer Robot must protect its own existence, unless blowing up spectacularly would allow harm to come to human beings, in which case go for it.


Addendum to 3rd Law, or unless Michael Bay is involved, in which case Killer Robot will wear those balls and LIKE IT.
 
2013-05-05 11:45:41 AM

Jon iz teh kewl: android

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That has to be a shop. Everyone knows Seattle is never sunny.
 
2013-05-05 08:13:27 PM

Tyrone Slothrop: brantgoose: ISSac Azimov? I thought Arthur C. Clarke invented the space station.

Like Martin Prince, I know my ABC's of Silver Age science fiction.

B is for Bester.

What about Bradbury?


He was great, but I have to put Bester a bit higher in my opinion as well. There is a unique brilliance to The Stars My Destination. It is kind of a proto-cyberpunk story, a book way ahead of its time, even if it is basically a sic-fi retelling of the Count of Monte Cristo. The whole section where the main character is trying to leap in space and time while also dealing with synesthesia at the same time is wonderful.
 
2013-05-05 09:23:02 PM

saturn badger: Jon iz teh kewl: android

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That has to be a shop. Everyone knows Seattle is never sunny.


I like the 10:08 reference.
 
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