Where is the time where I, as a read-hungry boy, devoured the books of Isaac Asimov, dreaming of my life as a grown-up in close harmony with friendly robots. I have not given up dreaming: robots are on their way. An ethical code to prevent humans abusing robots, and vice versa, is being drawn up by South Korea. The Robot Ethics Charter is being written by a team of experts that includes futurists and a science fiction writer. It will cover standards for users and manufacturers and will be released later in 2007.
Heck, I thought Asimov defined that one nicely in his three laws:1) A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
2) A robot must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
3) A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law Maybe I’ll adopt a little robot. One with a planet sized brain. It needs bluetooth wireless technology, a wacko sense of morbid humour, and a incurable robotic depression. I will call it Marvin. 🙂