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The first Law of Robotics

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Time To Apply The First Law Of Robotics To Our Smartphones?

Seventy years ago, Isaac Asimov created the “first law of robotics,” the idea that robots of the future would obey a rule rooted deep in their programming: “A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.” By the year 2015, as his short stories predicted, even outmoded droid models would obey that maxim.

But now we’ve nearly reached that date. And according to free software pioneer, futurist and activist Eben Moglen, that fundamental law of robot ethics has yet to be coded into the most ubiquitous bots in our lives: our smartphones.

“We imagined that robots would be designed so that they could never hurt a human being. These robots have no such commitments. These robots hurt us every day. They work for other people. They’re designed, built and managed to provide leverage and control to people other than their owners. Unless we retrofit the first law of robotics onto them immediately, we’re cooked.”

“They take our money. They take our autonomy. They spy on us. And around the world, they result in our arrest, beating, torture.”

Even jailbreaking iPhones and rooting Android devices is only a first step, he adds. “That’s like taking the cover plate off the robot,” Moglen says. “But we have to deeply infiltrate the thing, all the way from the cloud to the device, and make it work the way people need it to work, not the way the network operators want it to work.”

http://www.forbes.com/sites/andygreenberg/2012/06/26/eben-moglen-time-to-apply-the-first-law-of-robotics-to-our-smartphones/

Asimov's three laws of robotics: http://www.asimovonline.com/asimov_FAQ.html#series13

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