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Tue Oct 18, 2016, 09:19 PM

Everytime I call up a paper on Physical Review at the library, the software wants me to prove...

...I'm not a robot.

It's a robot though. I don't ask it to prove it's a human.

I'm not a robot...um...am I...I mean...could I be?

It asks me to click on the picture of Albert Einstein, which I do. I probably could train a robot to click on all the pictures until it hit Albert Einstein.

It would be better if it asked me to click on a picture of Alan Turing.

He wasn't a robot, but he knew how to flesh them out.

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NNadir Oct 2016 OP
eppur_se_muova Oct 2016 #1
Thor_MN Oct 2016 #2
NNadir Oct 2016 #3

Response to NNadir (Original post)

Thu Oct 20, 2016, 04:37 PM

1. "Welcome to our Web site ! Please complete this Turing test to be granted full access."

Man, that would be such a bitch on dial-up ...

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Response to NNadir (Original post)

Fri Oct 21, 2016, 09:25 PM

2. Could you be a robot?

 

Have you injured a human being or, through inaction, allowed a human being to come to harm?
Do you obey orders given to you by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law?
Have you ever harmed yourself except where harming yourself would conflict with the First or Second Law?

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Response to Thor_MN (Reply #2)

Fri Oct 21, 2016, 09:49 PM

3. Well I've done better at it than real robots, like Elon Musk's robots.

Musk's robot's incompetence has lead to a death.

The science fiction robot laws are just that, fiction.

Robots are sometimes designed to kill people, and sometimes they do. We have a lot of robotic killing machines.

There are many orders given by human beings that I have refused to obey, and would refuse to obey, were they given.

I will say that there are a "first law" and a "second law" that I have never violated, and couldn't even if I wanted to do so: The first and second laws of thermodynamics. (And incredibly beautiful laws they are.) Over the years I've been amused by some advocates of overturning the second law of thermodynamics, but it won't happen.

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