Japan Takes a Crack at Robo-Ethics; Japanese Translator Needed

While the Times' take on this proposal by Japan's Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry is quite hilarious and telling, we here at Sans Sapiens need a certain brand of humor mixed with dire warning in our reporting. So far we've been relying on basic translation services such as Google's language tools (Example). While these tools are getting better every day we would be going against our principles to not see the inherent value of a good old fashioned human for pattern recognition services. If anyone out there shares our viewpoint and sense of humor and reads Japanese fluently, please drop us a comment.

To that end as well, if anyone sees anything hilariously absurd in this proposal that will inevitably lead to our bitter end at the shiny metallic hand of a robot overlord (even if you don't read Japanese). Feel free to shout out the warning to the world here.

From the Times Article:

  • Via a structure of general regulation and the adoption of that
    regulation, the planning, manufacturing, administration, repair, sales and use of robots shall observe the need for safety at every stage
  • The reasonably predictable misuse of robots shall be defined as the management, sale and use of next-generation robots for purposes not intended by manufacturers
  • There should, in principle, be no serious accidents such as fatal accidents involving robots, and the frequency of such accidents should be lowered as far as possible. Affordable multiple security measures should be taken in case one protection method alone is insufficient

Come on people. When you're building a superior robotic intellect with skull crushing appendages, you're not thinking about "predictable misuse" and "lowering accidents". Believe me I'd know... The danger is coming from robots designed from the start with the Intent to kill, and bogging down the friendly robots with red tape while inevitably leaving exceptions for military deathbots is doing nothing to save mankind.

Thanks to Engadget

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