Sci-Fi, Finally!

I’ve been hoping we’d get to do this underrated and under-appreciated genre for a while now. Loving the wonderful philosophical forward thinking genre that is Sci-Fi doesn’t make me a nerd rather I think it makes me a humanist. I’d like to attest that this genre is rich in emotion and not a lackluster sound off of imaginary names and races with little or no bearing to real experiences.

Reading about robots could reveal more about humanity than you’d think. For example, Isaac Asimov’s I robot has in it many stories that deal with a set of theoretical ethics which humanity puts into place inside the coding of every artificial intelligence constructed. This set of rules are Asimov’s rules of robotics and they are as follows:

  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.

In 2011, with robots dropping bombs, allowing people in wheelchairs to walk, crashing the stock market, and performing stand-up comedy, it’s good to re-examine the ethical and practical concerns as we integrate more and more machines into our lives and automate more and more of our society’s day-to-day functions, as well as our own humanity.  At least until the singularity comes, it’s important to think about the ways we implement technology into our lives, instead of just blindly moving towards more convenience.

-Mimi First

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~ by mimifirst on April 9, 2011.

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