Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Meet "Elektro" . . .





The future never happened.

5 comments:

W.M. Bear said...

4th Law of Robotics: A robot may not smoke or through inaction allow a human being to smoke. (Actually a corollary of the 1st law re not allowing a human being to come to harm.)

RJU said...

I think "Elektro" may predate Asimov's laws of Robotics. Also, it appears Elektro although full of sensory equipment and ready to move, appears to lack a control center which might be programed with the laws of Robotics. In this case the controller would most like be a human being to whom these laws do not apply.

I also wonder why the poor guy is equiped for smoking, but not for eating and drinking... hmmm maybe that old excrement problem...

W.M. Bear said...

To say nothing of the fact that "Elektro" and his controller are already disobeying the 4th Law! (Actually, E. was more my inspiration for it than putatively subjected to it. I agree he predates genuine Asimovian AI robotics by probably at least a century.)

weevee: nnahiph

"Hip? Nah."

razorsmile said...

The future never happened.

And thank God for that. Any robots we eventually build are gonna be either gonna be infinitely cooler-looking or infinitely more-humanlike.

weevee: ihqxtk (twitch computer game fom an alternate reality 1982)

JEFM said...

A smoking robot ...
Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto! ... he he he

Jon