Trigger happy robot
Friday, October 19, 2007
From Did software kill soldiers?
The National Defence Force [South African National Defence] is probing whether a software glitch led to an antiaircraft cannon malfunction that killed nine soldiers and seriously injured 14 others during a shooting exercise on Friday.
This is a serious glitch. Whatever happened to the 3 robot laws
- A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
- A robot must obey orders given to it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
- A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.