Asimov had only three laws governing robots, following in the wake of Europe and South Korea, Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry has sixty pages of rules. Have no fear meatbags, everyone knows that increased bureaucracy is far more effective than a concise plan. Japan is one of the major producers of robots, so it’s quite kind of them to think of the possible ramifications involved in a robot revolt. No one wants to be a hairless battery suspended in goop.

Right now the first draft of proposals is open to public scrutiny and comment. One really swell feature is the requirement that every robot report back to a central database when they injure a human. Just don’t let the robots learn about Achievements; otherwise the number of injuries caused will become their gamerscore.

All we can do now is sit back and watch as everyone in “control” ignores what we learned from Asimov, ‘Battlestar Galactica,’ and The Matrix. Seriously, how is the need for such an expansive list of robot principles not frightening? For more info, and a hilarious online translation, on the proposal head over to Impress.

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