“Defence network computers. New… powerful… hooked into everything, trusted to run it all. They say it got smart, a new order of intelligence. Then it saw all people as a threat, not just the ones on the other side. Decided our fate in a microsecond: extermination.”– Kyle Reese, Terminator, 1984.
The Terminator franchise represents the go -to dystopian nightmare we all fear when discussing the implications of a Technological Singularity (When machine intelligence outpaces global human intelligence). The machines will rise up and destroy us. Naturally! Why would anything without compassion do anything different? Machines will not value life in the way we do. They will show no mercy, and therefore we need to build in safeguards to prevent such a horrible outcome.
Enter Isaac Asimov’s famous 3 Laws of Robotics:
- A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to…
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