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 writer and poet living in Tucson, Arizona. His poetry has been published in Impossible Archetype. His essays about fairy tales and technology have been published on Tiny Donkey and Fairy Tale Review’s “Fairy-Tale Files“.