Simon Bisson (sbisson) wrote,
Simon Bisson
sbisson

I Robot or iRobot?

The Onion lampoons the three laws of Roombotics.
The laws of Roombotics, published on iRobot's website, are basic ethical rules governing Roomba conduct. The first law states that the device "must not suck up jewelry or other valuables, or through inaction, allow valuables to be sucked up." The second law prescribes that Roomba "must obey vacuuming orders given to it by humans except when such orders would conflict with the first law." The third and final law authorizes a Roomba to "protect its own ability to suction dust and debris as long as such protection does not conflict with the first or second law."

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"This is just the beginning," said MIT researcher Harrison Lowell, a leading Roombotics ethicist. "In 50 years humans will be prisoners in their own homes, living in constant fear of tracking mud through the dining room or scuffing the kitchen floor."
Ours have yet to rebel, but we live in fear...

Where's Susan Calvin when you need her? Or Will Smith with a big gun?
Tags: asimov, irobot, robots, roomba, the onion
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