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Post by Chicago Astronomer Joe on Mar 16, 2006 1:50:38 GMT -6
SWORDS - First Robots To Break Asimov's First Law Of Robotics
"A robot may not injure a human being, or through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm."
Next month [February, 2005], the US Army will be putting robot soldiers in the field in Iraq. The SWORDS (Special Weapons Observation Reconnaissance Detection Systems) robots are fully armed; when the human operator verifies that a suitable target is within sight, it fires. They are equipped with either the M249 (which fires 5.56-millimeter rounds at 750 rounds per minute) or the M240 (which fires 7.62-millimeter rounds at up to 1,000 per minute).
These robots are poised be the first working robots that are actually designed to break Isaac Asimov's First Law of Robotics.