Why Robots won’t obey Asimov’s Laws…….
Isaac Asimov was a prolific writer and a professor of Biochemistry at Boston university, know very well for his works in science fiction and popular science. In 1942 Asimov wrote out 4 laws (including the zeroth law) popularly known as “The Three Laws of Robotics”. These laws are stated below :
The zeroth law : A robot may not injure humanity, or, by inaction, allow humanity to come to harm.
The first law : A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
The second law: A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
The third law: A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.
These laws are principles which are intended as a fundamental framework to underpin the behavior of robots designed to have a degree of autonomy. For now most people believe robots of this of degree complexity do not exist yet, but it’s not totally true.
Up until now, most AI code schema has been heavily dependent on a rule based system such as the Turing machine, and all rule based systems tend to obey Asimov’s laws. But with the advent of advanced AI systems such as Google Alpha Go, IBM Watson, Amazon Alexa, e.t.c. whose design is based on advanced AI principles such as Reinforcement Learning, Convolutional neural networks, e.t.c. that focus more on making a computer system learn by itself. We drive towards making machines self sufficient by making them self aware and giving them consciousness and we are no longer far from this stage. Making machines self conscious is a great discovery at the same time the moment a machine become self aware of itself, it’s no longer bounded by Asimov’s law. The laws of robotics stipulated by Asimov was with the notion that machines will keep following a rule based design. This forces us to modify Asimov’s laws or stipulate new laws of robotics to help guide and facilitate the new era of Robotics development.
Albert Einstein once said “Computers are incredibly fast, accurate and stupid While man is slow, inaccurate and brilliant. The combination of these two is a challenge and an opportunity beyond imagination.”
Are we going to have Skynet or a set of rebellious robots ?
Yes we are.
Are we going to be safe ?
Yes, cause we created them. *LOL*