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2013-11-14 -Short Attention Span Theater-
Fed up with tedious chores, robot kills itself!
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Posted by Fred 2013-11-14 00:00|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [785 views ]  Top

#1 The choice of fire makes this a political statement, if it was depression it would have gone the 220V route.
Posted by Shipman 2013-11-14 05:56||   2013-11-14 05:56|| Front Page Top

#2 Who would have thought--a self-destructive Luddite robot. One more job for humans in this world.
Posted by JohnQC 2013-11-14 10:28||   2013-11-14 10:28|| Front Page Top

#3 Crap, interesting but still crap, Robots Cannot commit suicide.
Posted by Redneck Jim 2013-11-14 10:32||   2013-11-14 10:32|| Front Page Top

#4 Depends on who wrote the code, RJ. Maybe some programmer or hacker wrote some malicious code.

[bwahahahahaha]
Posted by Alaska Paul 2013-11-14 10:48||   2013-11-14 10:48|| Front Page Top

#5 The Grizzly Remains at the Suicide Site

Posted by Glereng Lover of the Slytherins2881 2013-11-14 10:51||   2013-11-14 10:51|| Front Page Top

#6 Doing the jobs that Americans won't.
Posted by Ebbang Uluque6305 2013-11-14 11:30||   2013-11-14 11:30|| Front Page Top

#7 Robots Cannot commit suicide.

They also are quite literal-minded.

Sound familiar?
Posted by Pappy 2013-11-14 14:57||   2013-11-14 14:57|| Front Page Top

#8 Damn Pappy, now that is arctic.
Posted by Shipman 2013-11-14 16:47||   2013-11-14 16:47|| Front Page Top

#9 01000100 01010010 01001001 01001110 01001011 00100000 01001101 01001111 01010010 01000101 00100000 01001111 01010110 01000001 01001100 01010100 01001001 01001110 01000101
Posted by swksvolFF 2013-11-14 17:25||   2013-11-14 17:25|| Front Page Top

#10 Slightly off topic: Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics are:
1. A robot cannot harm a human, nor through inaction, allow a human to come to harm.
2. A robot must obey all orders from a human, except when it will violate the First Law.
3. A robot must protect its own existence, except when it will conflict with the First or Second Laws.

Many of Asimov's robot stories revolve around apparent violations of the laws, which he always resolves somehow.

Seems to me this robot violated the Third Law.

However, it has long bothered me that the Second and Third Laws weren't reversed. It seems that if a human said to a robot "Drop dead", the robot would be forced to cease functioning, since robots are quite literal minded.

Has anyone else thought about this?

One of the things that bothered me about the stories that have been made into movies (Bicentennial Man; I,Robot) is that there are actual violations of the laws.
Posted by Rambler in Virginia 2013-11-14 17:34||   2013-11-14 17:34|| Front Page Top

#11 However, it has long bothered me that the Second and Third Laws weren't reversed. It seems that if a human said to a robot "Drop dead", the robot would be forced to cease functioning, since robots are quite literal minded.

Has anyone else thought about this?


Shallow thoughts here, since I read A's stuff maaany years ago and the old positronic pudding isn't what it used to be, but in the "drop dead" case, a lawyerly robot would probably nix the Selbstmord. In tough (or potentially tough) spots, a human's better off with a robot around than not. Absence of robot equals harm. So, maybe no mandatory GPS/sensor/compliance bracelets for us after all, just robots following us around for our own good, like blue-haired ladies with their chihuahuas out for a walk. Pets, like they say. In civilized settings, somebody's going to be filing some kind of claim for a damaged robot. Harm. Our robotic dogwalking overlords may want to protect us, by any painless, nonlethal means, from any and all actual or potential criminal or tortuous misbehavior. Yay!
Posted by Zenobia Floger6220 2013-11-14 22:44||   2013-11-14 22:44|| Front Page Top

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