The gruesome scene above started out as a sweet teddy bears' birthday party, but quickly degenerated into a fiery conflagration when the bears' robot servant attempted to cut them a piece of cake.
This nameless failure of a robo-waiter (seen in action below) was the winning video entry in SparkFun Electronics' Antimov competition – a contest challenging amateur robot engineers to build a bot that defies Isaac Asimov's third Law of Robotics: that a robot must protect its own existence.
By Gregory MonePosted 06.29.2007 at 4:28 pm 5 Comments
One law down, two to go? iRobot, manufacturer of the Roomba vacuum, has teamed up with Taser to arm its Packbot robots with stun guns. But its hard to say whether this is actually a violation of the first of science fiction author Isaac Asimovs Three Laws of Robotics: A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. Clearly, arming a robot with a stun gun is the first step towards breaking that rule. But the Packbots, currently used as bomb inspectors in Iraq, are remote-controlled. If theres a human operator standing at a distance with his finger on the Taser trigger, is it really the robot thats doing the harm? Yeah, probably. But please discuss.—Gregory Mone