In the annals of Robotics , 02 July , 2015 will be remembered
On this day , an assembly line robot , in Germany’s Volkswagen factory grabbed and crushed a worker against a metal plate, killing him
It is too early to say whether this was an act of ,
> Human negligence > Technical failure , or > Beginning of the Ray Kurzweil’s prediction, when the brains of the Computers and Human beings will merge seamlessly to constitute , what he called ” Singularity ” ( so feared by Elon Musk ! )
Whether – and when – humans will reach such an ” Event Horizon ” or not , it is high time , Governments of the World , formally adopt and legislate , that the robot manufacturers shall build into their creations, the 3 laws first pronounced by famous science-fiction writer , Isaac Asimov
These 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 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 Laws.
Now consider this :
> India is already a ” Software Super-power ”
> Prime Minister , Shri Narendra Modi , launched on 01 July , a Digital India campaign to transform India’s e-Governance and lift millions of India’s poor , out of abysmal poverty
It would be a glorious achievement of India’s computer scientists , if they develop and undertake, to supply to the robot manufacturers of the World , a license-free software algorithm , incorporating Asimov’s 3 ” Laws of Robotics ”