The news this morning included a small blurb about today
being the anniversary of the first human killed by a robot. No doubt this is important to note due to the release of I, Robot
but it appears to be incorrect. The first incident I can find was on January 25, 1979
. Since then OSHA has recorded at least 10 more deaths in US factories
alone. Japan saw it's first in 1981 and as a result it's Ministry of Labor requested a 20% budget increase
for its robot related activities. All these incidents can be classified as accidents but it does force me to wonder how dangerous they will be when AI advances further. Should we mandate the Three Laws of Robotics
posted by jwells
on Jul 21, 2004 -
The robot should go in first.
Between 50 and 100 Packbot
[13MB wmv] unmanned ground vehicles (UGV) are currently being used for battlefield reconnaissance. One proved its worth last week when it uncovered a bomb and was destroyed in the process. Colin Angle, CEO of Packbot maker iRobot, doesn't rule out the eventual weaponizing of UGVs and quips "we're not using these robots to hand out flowers".
posted by eddydamascene
on Apr 13, 2004 -