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Isaac Asimov’s laws

There are so many laws that the whole legal system is a mockery. In fact, there are laws to control laws to control laws. No wonder way back William Shakespeare suggested, “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.”

Well, we didn’t, now mockery rules the day and many people are mere robots of their own demise, reminiscent of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four.

robotsWorst still, many of today’s political leaders are lawyers. That says as much about the system as those who voted them in.

So, that’s what’s to be done to the lawyers. But what about the law? Well-known science-fiction writer Isaac Asimov, who wrote mysteries, studies of the Bible, interpretations of Shakespeare and informative articles on chemistry, astronomy, biology and mathematics, laid down three rules for the future androids (human-like robots) that might be the only laws we as humans need:

1. Robots may not harm humans either through action or inaction;
2. They must obey humans except when the commands conflict with the first law;
3. Robots must protect themselves except when this comes into conflict with the first law.

Replace the word “robots” with “the law” and, well, think about it.

27/06/2009. Category: Raves & Rants. Topic: , .

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