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.
Three: A robot must protect it’s own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.
Isaac Asimov, Laws of Robotics from I. Robot, 1950
While I got a little Isaac Asimov in the post, I have to share some of his greatest quotes, I love this author to bits and if you want to read some great books, read his Foundation Trilogy. Found him when I was high on Sci-fi rush at 12 years old and was reading everything that said Sci-fi (some really crap ones as well) but Jack Vance and Isaac Asimov was top on my list back then and still are.
The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not ‘Eureka!’ (I found it!) but ‘That’s funny …’
Part of the inhumanity of the computer is that, once it is competently programmed and working smoothly, it is completely honest.
Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It’s the transition that’s troublesome.
This is gonna be my trip into town tomorrow to have a look. Apparently it looks impressive but you can’t really see the text with the human eye, shame but still worth a look.
Outrace, the major installation at Trafalgar Square for this year’s London Design Festival, was switched on last night. Designed by Reed Kram and Clemens Weisshaar, the installation consists of eight robotic arms, borrowed from the Audi production line, and each fitted with a powerful light strip. Punters are able to text a short message to a computer, and the arms then move in sync to ‘draw’ that message in the night sky.