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If you’re a fan of robots, you’ll get a kick out of this article — the Japanese government has drafted massive guidelines as to the safe operation of robots.

Man v machine

Asimov’s three 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 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

A selection from the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry guidelines:

— Via a structure of general regulation and the adoption of that regulation, the planning, manufacturing, administration, repair, sales and use of robots shall observe the need for safety at every stage

— The reasonably predictable misuse of robots shall be defined as the management, sale and use of next-generation robots for purposes not intended by manufacturers

— There should, in principle, be no serious accidents such as fatal accidents involving robots, and the frequency of such accidents should be lowered as far as possible. Affordable multiple security measures should be taken in case one protection method alone is insufficient

Link here.

Alex Eckelberry
(Thanks to Frank)