The Deal- Cyborg & Post human

In 1942, the science fiction author Isaac Asimov published a short story called Runaround in which he introduced three laws that governed the behavior of robots. The three laws of robotics are:

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 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 Law.

Later, Asimov added a fourth or zeroth law, that preceded the others in terms of priority:

4. A robot may not harm humanity, or, by inaction, allow humanity to come to harm.


Century’s later; we have come closer and closer to actually needing to apply these laws. Although now, we are starting to realize that they are not realistic. Basic machines such as dishwashers and vacuums can be controlled, but intelligent machines such as science fiction robots cannot. People will find ways to get robots to commit murders. Robots will find ways to let people die. Emotions develop, chaos gets in the way, or the limitation of human knowledge keeps machines from preserving the human race. If we as humans have laws set in place that are broken all the time when machines are smarter than us, what would stop them from doing the same if they believed it would better themselves.

This is an issue we talked about in class that really made me think. I have never thought this in depth about what technology could eventually become. Looking back to when I was young and comparing it to everything we have now is incredible. In the short 24 years that I have been on earth, so much has changed. I remember watching the movie Smart House as a child and thinking of it like every other fantasy show that I watched, not knowing that one day, that could be reality. Pat, the smart house created in the movie, learned through humans. The more that the house was around people, the smarter she got. Pat eventually took over the house and trapped the humans inside. Although everything was resolved in the end because it was a Disney movie, at one point, Pat was smarter and more powerful than the humans.

The ongoing debate of if technology will take over the world is no longer a question; it is a matter of when.

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