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 and is forthcoming from The Laurel Review. A piece of flash fiction is forthcoming from Cold Creek Review. His essays about fairy tales and technology have been published online at Tiny Donkey and Fairy Tale Review’s “Fairy-Tale Files.” Richard is also Downlink Lead for HiRISE at the University of Arizona.