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Question of the Day, October 21, 2010

| 21 Oct 2010 13:00

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A group of scientists at the University of Ljubljana are training robots to punch humans. No, it's not a practice in sadism, but a way for robots to learn one of Asimov's basic laws: "A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm." By testing pain thresholds, robots can be programmed to avoid accidentally (or otherwise) harming a human. Would you let a robot punch, or otherwise harm you, for the eventual benefit of mankind?

Would you let a robot punch you?
Yes, I'll gladly be a guinea pig if it benefits the whole.
13.4% (143)
13.4% (143)
Yes, but only if I would not be gravely injured.
30% (320)
30% (320)
No, I get hurt too easily.
5.2% (55)
5.2% (55)
No, someone else can do it.
10.7% (114)
10.7% (114)
This just sounds like a bad idea.
36.1% (385)
36.1% (385)
I hate robots.
3.2% (34)
3.2% (34)
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