The Three Pro-Human Laws of Robotics

Robot holding human skullFrom Vienna Bienalle 2017, taking place this week in Austria, comes a new take on Isaac Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics.  The head of the project, Christoph Thun-Hohenstein, says the update was necessitated by:

…the need for benign intelligent robots and the necessity of cultivating a culture of quality committed to serving the common good!

That sounds a lot like Asimov’s reasoning, but the new laws are certainly worthy of consideration and debate.

The Three Pro-Human Laws of Robotics

Rule 1
Intelligent robots must serve the common good of humanity and help us humans to lead an ecologically, socially, culturally and economically sustainable life.

Rule 2
Intelligent robots may replace human labor only to the extent that this is compatible with humans leading a meaningful life of dignity, culture, and creative self-realization — except where this rule conflicts with Rule 1.

Rule 3
Intelligent robots must be programmed to be co-operative self-learning machines and always to function cooperatively — except where this conflicts with Rules 1 and 2.


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