Day Two Speaker: Dr. J. Storrs Hall

Dr. J. Storrs Hall, an independent AI researcher, inventor, and author, presented a revised version of Isaac Asimov’s Laws of Robotics.

Unlike Asimov’s robots, we want our AI to be self-improving. If there are to be laws, they will need to be flexible and abstract, like a conscience. Just like technology, morality can be improved, and we should create an environment within AI for this to occur.

Hall’s proposed new laws are:

  • Law #1: A robot shall understand as much as possible.
    • Law #1a: In particular, a robot shall understand memetic evolution.
  • Law #2: A robot shall be open source.
  • Law #3: A robot shall be economically sentient.
  • Law #4: A robot shall be trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly,
    courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrify, brave, clean, reverent, and
    shall do a good turn daily.

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Richard Leis

Richard Leis is a fiction writer and poet, with his first published poem forthcoming later in 2017 from Impossible Archetype. His essays about fairy tales and technology have been published on Tiny Donkey. Richard is also the Downlink Lead for the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) team at the University of Arizona. He monitors images of the Martian surface taken by the HiRISE camera located on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter in orbit around Mars and helps ensure they process successfully and are validated for quick release to the science community and public. Once upon a time, Richard wrote and edited the science and technology news and commentary website Frontier Channel, hosted the RADIO Frontier Channel podcast, and organized transhumanist clubs. Follow Richard on his website (, on Goodreads (richardleis), his (@richardleis), Twitter (@richardleisjr), and Facebook (richardleisjr).