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Robots' Law

Robots' Law

Lately there has been a lot of talk about robotic devices. First it started with simple innocent robotic vacuum cleaners. Now are some embryonic yet quite promising attempts at walking, humanoid robots, their utility easily imaginable. Now the focus is self driving autonomous cars and military drones. And in Japan, there are in development some very life-like female robots which one can easily imagine will become "fully functional" at least for their "intended purpose" very soon. Considering the demand for such "companionship", these life-like robots will become in very large demand. On another front, military drones are in heavy use today and are fully capable of taking human lives and frequently do, along with many collateral deaths. For the greater good, we are told. For the greater good. These are the mainstay of "defense" in countries and areas with US interests but where the US does not want the mess and the Hassle of " boots on the ground". But, we are told, the actual death button is pushed by a human being in a nondescript building in some central state 15,000 miles away. Years ago, many of these developments were foretold or imagined by Isaac Asimov. A great writer as well as a consummate philosopher. He however, was imagining a more human oriented somewhat caring robot, meant to serve and protect mankind. His vision was for robots to be mans servants, not their oppressive Masters. Meant for Mankind's growth and betterment. In fact,in his book "I ROBOT" he went so far as to put forth 3 important and overriding LAWS. LAWS that all robots would follow. These Laws being for the betterment and safety of mankind. His laws were as follows:

Democracy's Slide....

Democracy's Slide...

I suspect that a Clinton/Corporate Media campaign used myriad depictions of the "populist" Donald Trump to distract us from the message being promoted by Bernie Sanders - and then that strategy gained momentum, got out of control… and Trump won the election! This could be seen as a cause for optimism: it seems that the voters had prevailed in the General Election, voting for the "populist" Donald Trump to win over the corporate-sponsored Hillary Clinton. Joy was misplaced however, and short-lived.

 

Fake News? Censorship.

Fake News? Censorship.

This morning's reflection over three cups of coffee:

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