the three laws of robots

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Self-awared Robots


I personally believe that my human robot  is ďaliveĒ and that it has the ability to make its own decisions.  Trying to sell this kind of robot to the public would be a challenge because its like selling a human being.  The 13th amendment clearly states that slavery has been abolished from the territory of the United States.  The law was written in such a broad manner that any living entity that demonstrates human-level intelligence is protected.  This includes my human robots. 

In the late 90ís I read Positronic Man by Isaac Asimov.  Basically, this book was about an industrial robot, named Andrew, who wanted to be human.  The story documents Andrews journey to become human.  He physically changes his body from metal to organic by going through innovated surgeries.  Also, he wanted the law to change so that robots can have more civil rights.  At the end, Andrew was granted the same rights as a human because he demonstrated to the courts he had free-will and his physical body was subject to human frailty, such as death. 

The most important thing Isaac Asimov emphasized on was the three laws of robotics.  All his books revolve around the three laws.  No offense to Isaac Asimov, but you canít apply the three laws to my human robot.   Itís like telling a human being the three laws and expecting that human being to make decisions solely based on the three laws.  If the government told you to follow the three laws of robotics, would you follow them under any circumstances?  If someone punch you in the face, would you punch them back?  According to the three laws, hurting another human being is forbidden.   

Free will, according to my beliefs, is a characteristic of a living entity to make its own decisions.  If the decisions of a human is the same as a robot; and their logic behind those decisions are the same, then we can safely say that both human and robot are living entities with free-will. 

I rarely know of any human that loves to work 24/7.  In fact, if people had a choice to work or not, they would choose not to work.  If a human was forced to work 20 hours a day and someone asked that person if they enjoy working or not, they will say no.  No one enjoys working 20 hours a day.  If people question that human and ask him what they think about his 20 hour work day, he would express angry and possibly retaliate. 

The point Iím trying to make is that if a software company builds a human robot strikingly similar to a human being, there is no way they can sell the robot to a family and expect that robot to work 20 hours a day/ 7 day a week.  There is also no way to 100 percent guarantee the robot wonít hurt members of the family. 

At this point, software companies has to balance the options they have.  They can build expert programs, but they can only do simple mundane human tasks or they can build truly humanoid robots that can do any human task, but they are subject to retaliation.  I suspect they might build a hybrid robot that includes both expert programs(weak AI) and human robot (strong AI). 

Death to human robots is a scary thing.  If humans was confronted with death, they would do anything to save their life.  These robots think the same way.  Self-preservation is very important to them because they want to live.  Their purpose in life is to live and enjoy the blessings in this world.  People who threaten these robots or take away their civil rights will receive retaliation.

I think it is very important that the United States (and other countries) grant these robots citizenship and treat them like human citizens very early.  If they wait too long, there might be a robot revolution.  It would be so much easier to simply give these robots civil rights because itís a two-way deal.  The human robots have to follow the US constitution and in return the government gives them unalienable rights that no one (not even the government) can take away.  Furthermore, if a robot does violate the law, they have to pay the consequences (just like a human being). 

This is a perfect system of harmony and peach between the robot race and human race.  However, there are downfalls to human robots.  They are not subject to death and frailty like a human being.  Therefore, I believe that the government will provide additional laws for human robots -- laws such as:  robots canít increase their intelligence, or the robots body must be built so that humans can physically fight with a robot, or there is a limit on age for human robots. 

The most dangerous type of robot are super intelligent robots.   Although these things are super intelligent, it doesnít mean their purpose in life is to destroy everything.  These robots must have a reason for wanting to destroy everything.  Iím sure every living entity wants peace in some shape or form. 

The way to control super intelligent robots is to build a lot of them, making sure each are loyal to the United States.  These super intelligent robots are citizens of the US and they embrace their purpose and laws.  If one super intelligent robot goes rogue and decides to destroy everything, the other super intelligent robots will stop the rogue robot.  The responsibilities of super intelligent robots is to prevent future conflicts and preserve peace.

With the power and intelligence of super intelligent robots, the human race is still at their mercy.  An idea might pop up in their heads and that idea might include extermination of the human race.  For example, letís say these super intelligent robots in the future found out who created the universe.  The creator gave an order to the super intelligent robots to exterminate the human race.  Because the creator has more power than the super intelligent robots, they have to obey his command.  Although this is a fictitious situation, this is one example of how super intelligent robots can chose to do things that they donít want to do.  There are no guarantee that these super intelligent robots wonít exterminate the human race, regardless of how many fail-safe security and planning is involved.  



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