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15394.  Wed Feb 16, 2005 11:55 am Reply with quote

Surely a flagrant disregard of the first law of robotics?

The US military is gradually edging closer to unleashing a new model army of robot soldiers on the battlefield.Robots are expected to become a major fighting force within US Army ranks in less than a decade.Technological advances allow them to hunt and kill enemies while their human controllers remain a safe distance away, carefully monitoring proceedings through a laptop.

Asimov will be turning in his grave.

15397.  Wed Feb 16, 2005 12:49 pm Reply with quote

If human controlled they are not robot's just minature remote controlled tanks.

How long before one of the operators gets bored & forgets that its real bullets & not a video game?

15399.  Wed Feb 16, 2005 12:54 pm Reply with quote

Heh - have a read of Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game...

Carl's right - these robots are not autonomous, so don't really count under Asimov's laws. By this measure, a mine would also be a robot.

Interestingly, traffic lights are called 'robots' in Namibia.

And 'robot' is a czech word, originally meaning 'worker' or 'slave' and first used in its metallic incarnation by 1920s Czech sci-fi author Karl Capek.

15408.  Wed Feb 16, 2005 3:18 pm Reply with quote

And the sequel to Ender's Game

16876.  Tue Mar 29, 2005 8:01 pm Reply with quote

Jenny wrote:
And the sequel to Ender's Game

Read all three sequels, Ender's Game is the most unputdownable one though

16884.  Wed Mar 30, 2005 4:36 am Reply with quote

This has been bumped up at an opportune time, another tecnological story has caught my eye.

Q. How do you steal something that doesn't exist?

Shanghai No 2 Intermediate People's Court Tuesday heard Qiu Chengwei, 41, allegedly stabbed competitor Zhu Caoyuan repeatedly in the chest after he was told Zhu had sold his Dragon Sabre used in the popular online game, Legend of Mir III.

"The `assets' of one player could mean nothing to others as they are by nature just data created by game providers," said a lawyer for a Shanghai-based Internet game company.

Qiu and a friend jointly won the weapon last February, and lent it to Zhu who then sold it for 7,200 yuan (US$871).

Qui went to the police to report the "theft" but was told the weapon was not counted a real property protected by law.

Zhu promised to handover the cash but an angry Qui lost patience and attacked Zhu at his home, stabbing him in the left chest "with great force," and killing him, the court was told.

(Original article can be found at China Daily)

17868.  Mon Apr 18, 2005 3:52 pm Reply with quote

Probably a little off topic from the first post, but...

MESA, Ariz. The Mesa Police Department is looking to add some primal instinct to its SWAT team. And to do that, it's looking to a monkey.

The department has submitted a request to purchase and train a capuchin monkey, which is considered the second smartest primate to the chimpanzee.

The department is seeking about 100-thousnd dollars in federal grant money to put the idea to use in Mesa SWAT operations.

The monkey weighs only three to eight pounds, has tiny humanlike hands and puzzle-solving skills. Police say it would be able to get into places no officer or robot could go and could unlock doors, search buildings and find suicide victims on command.

(Just ignore that disclaimer at the bottom forbidding people to redistribute it....)

17884.  Tue Apr 19, 2005 3:35 am Reply with quote

He he, I'd spotted that. I particularly liked this:

a capuchin monkey, which is considered the second smartest primate to the chimpanzee.

I reckon we must be the third smartest then?


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