Will You Be Murdered by a Robot?

The Zeroth Law: A robot may not harm humanity, or, by inaction, allow humanity to come to harm. ― Isaac Asimov, I, Robot

I do not think they are studying the law, Isaac. Robots are building our cars; vacuuming our floors; packing our boxes. One, at least, seems to be in line to replace David Letterman, if ‘Pepper’ gets high enough ratings in Japan. As I have long blamed HAL for every cyber-related malfunction, I am fully confident that an actual Terminator cannot be far behind. [BTW, Linda Hamilton rocked as Sarah Conner and the T-1001 was one of the best takes on a shape shifter character for its time.]

This new book,
Future of Violence
warns of a tomorrow full of techno-threats demanding discerning vigilance. Robots and drones are perhaps not as helpful and benevolent as the Jetsons have led us to believe. And in case you do not take this seriously, kindly note that there are not one, but TWO spider-looking creatures on the cover. Because what could be worse than a giant spider? That’s right, a giant spider-bot. I am guessing you cannot even eat a spider-bot, so there is no upside here at all.

For my part, if I get murdered by a robot, it will probably be one of those flying drones dropping an Amazon package from the sky. And in my eulogy, Coe will be all, “it’s her own fault. With that many packages, one was bound to bonk her on the head sooner or later.”

I do not bequeath him any wine.

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