Simon Bisson (sbisson) wrote,
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Come back Isaac Asimov, all is forgiven...

The Japanese government, more specifically the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, is working on a set of what it calls "safety guidelines for next-generation robots". Of course, we all know what that means: Asimov's famous Three Laws of Robotics.

And it seems that it's pretty much what it does mean:
The guidelines will require manufacturers to install enough sensors to minimize the risk of the robots running into people and use soft and light materials so they do not cause harm if they do so, the officials said.

They will also be required to install emergency shut-off buttons, they said.

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There are also efforts under way to create global guidelines. The ministry plans to have its measures reflect the global standards, the officials said.
Just watch out for them independently coming up with the Zeroth Law. Oh, and I think someone ought to keep an eye on Will Smith...
Tags: japan, news, robots, science fiction
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