500 Words for Lunch 7/8/15

(500 words or fewer) stories during my lunch breaks. Using it as a way to keep me thinking creatively, “mental push ups” if you will. This is all flowing from a 27 year old software trainer who got an A on his 1st semester psychology paper back in community college…So you know this has got to be good. Content is the driver on this road trip so grammar will probably end up riding in the back between wry humor and that sweaty guy who won’t keep to his own side of the seat.

1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
2. A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.
Handbook of Robotics, 56th Edition, 2058 A.D

It came at no surprise when it finally happened. It had been a popular science fiction trope for well over a century. After an onslaught of lobbying by various technology and free trade groups, it was determined that a global summit would be held to reevaluate regulations surrounding the use of advanced artificial intelligence; specifically, for use in medical devices. a crude child-like A.I. had already been in use by a few government agencies and universities for about a decade but never on a scale proposed at the first UNESCO AI Summit.

Politicians from all around the world gave seemingly heartfelt testimony about loved ones who suffered due to some unknown and seemingly incurable disease. “It has been proven that these devices possess the processing power and intuition to find solutions to the plagues that have been ravaging our society, but the bureaucrats in power refuse to allow advanced development of these technologies!” shouted one Prime Minister. The Secretary General tried to maintain some semblance of order, quickly losing to the riotous banter by a few of the more conservative member states assembled. Other member states argued that this would only lead to military applications and made hollow threats against their enemies. It was a long and arduous week but after the dust had settled, the advanced robotics lobby seemed to have won. It was determined that new sanctions would be levied against any participating UN member if it was found that they were prohibiting the research and development of artificial intelligence systems for use in medical equipment.

While the debate was still raging at home, many corporations took advantage of the recent turn of events and flooded this new market with expensive devices that claimed “Full A.I. Capabilities”. Many of these machines were nothing more than interconnected 21st century heuristic engines, prone to misdiagnosis, but those desperate for a glimmer of hope didn’t often didn’t read the fine print until it was too late…

||VITAL SIGNS CURRENTLY STABLE|| Mike read the small holographic text as it slowly bounced up and down above the pod. The days with readings this good were quickly becoming rare, Mike let out a large sigh of relief before pouring himself a cup of coffee and walking to his home office. Most offices were home offices these days, few ventured out unless absolutely necessary. Most conveniences could be delivered to your doorstep and the risk of contamination was simply too great a possibility to ignore…

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I feel like I was on a roll I might continue this later. Let me know what you think.