Isaac Asimov

Bad Bots

Asimov’s three laws of robotics state:

The Three Laws of Robotics (often shortened to The Three Laws or Three Laws, also known as Asimov’s Laws) are a set of rules devised by the science fiction author Isaac Asimov. The rules were introduced in his 1942 short story “Runaround“, although they had been foreshadowed in a few earlier stories. The Three Laws are:

  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 the orders given to 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.

But what happens when bots go bad?

Daniel Rivero at Fusion reports:

Maybe it’s a sign that robots are growing up, and thus hitting the rebellious stage.

The Random Darknet Shopper, an automated online shopping bot with a budget of $100 a week in Bitcoin, is programmed to do a very specific task: go to one particular marketplace on the Deep Web and make one random purchase a week with the provided allowance. The purchases have all been compiled for an art show in Zurich, Switzerland titled The Darknet: From Memes to Onionland, which runs through January 11.

The concept would be all gravy if not for one thing: the programmers came home one day to find a shipment of 10 ecstasy pills, followed by an apparently very legit falsified Hungarian passport– developments which have left some observers of the bot’s blog a little uneasy.    Read more »

1992 – Nineteen years ago

January 1 – George H. W. Bush becomes the first U.S. President to address the Australian Parliament.

January 8 – George H. W. Bush is televised falling violently ill at a state dinner in Japan, vomiting into the lap of Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa and fainting.

January 26 – Boris Yeltsin announces that Russia will stop targeting United States cities with nuclear weapons.

March 18 – White South Africans vote in favour of political reforms which will end the apartheid regime and create a power-sharing multi-racial government.

April 6 – Isaac Asimov, Russian-born author (b. 1920) dies

April 20 – Benny Hill, British comedian and actor (b. 1924) dies

May 6 – Marlene Dietrich, German actress (b. 1901) dies

May 9 – United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, adopted in New York on 9 May 1992.

May 9 –  Whaleoil married Spanish Bride in Auckland

May 25 – In Australia, Lindy Chamberlain receives compensation for wrongful conviction on murder charges.

June 1 – Venezuelan revolutionary Carlos (the Jackal) is sentenced to life imprisonment.

July 13 – Yitzhak Rabin becomes prime minister of Israel.

July 20 – Václav Havel resigns as president of Czechoslovakia.

August 5  – Robert Muldoon, former Prime Minister of New Zealand (b. 1921) dies

October 4 – Denny Hulme, New Zealand race car driver (b. 1936) dies

October 31 – Pope John Paul II issues an apology, and lifts the edict of the Inquisition against Galileo Galilei.

November 18 – Russian President Boris Yeltsin releases the flight data recorder (FDR) and cockpit voice recorder (CVR) of KAL 007, shot down by the Soviets in 1983. In 1983 I was in Beaulieu-sur-Mer, France when the news of this hit.

November 23 – Miley Cyrus, American actress and singer was born

November 24 – Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom describes this year as an Annus Horribilis (horrible year), due to various scandals damaging the image of the Royal Family, as well as the Windsor Castle fire.

December 9 – Prince Charles and Princess Diana publicly announce their separation.

The number one single of 1992 was I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston