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Asimov's Three Laws Have Failed the Robots

Isaac Asimov

Prolific science and science fiction writer Isaac Asimov (1920–1992) developed the Three Laws of Robotics in the hope of guarding against potentially dangerous artificial intelligence. They first appeared in his 1942 short story Runaround.

"Many computer engineers use the three laws as a tool for how they think about programming," says Chris Stokes, a philosopher at Wuhan University in China. But the trouble is, they don't work.

In "Why the Three Laws of Robotics Do Not Work," published in the International Journal of Research in Engineering and Innovation, Stokes writes that "the Three Laws are not sufficient when it comes to controlling an artificial intelligence."

From Mind Matters
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