As you may or may not know, Isaac Asimov was a key figure in the history of Artificial intelligence and was famous, not only for his sci-fi literature, but also for his creation of the three laws of robotics. therefore, as part of my research into artificial intelligence, I thought that this would be a great place to start. So, for this week’s blog post, I have decided to conduct a literature review on Lee McCauley’s journal article ” The Frankenstein Complex and Asimov’s Three Laws” in order to form a strong foundation for further research which will then be presented through a series of podcasts.
As I started reading McCauley’s article, I immediately thought that it was far too one sided. It is written in a way that completely rules out the possibility of the three laws ever being implemented, should sentient beings ever become part of society in the future. So, in that regard, a counter-argument that embraces the possibility of those laws being implemented, would have immensely improved the interest of the article. Having said that, McCauley’s arguments are very well structured and incredibly well researched. McCauley makes an interesting point when he states that “we are asking that our future robots be more than human-they must be omniscient” (2007, pg.11).The idea that we imagine future robots to make the most logical decisions and still maintain a sense of humanity is a fascinating one which I will explore to a greater extent in my digital artifact. This point is raised in response to a statement made by David Bourne a robotics scientist in California who is quoted in the article.
Additionally, one of the most interesting aspects of McCauley’s article is the age-old idea of “The Frankenstein Complex” which refers to the fear of man attempting to play god by creating life but then vilifying their creation. This idea is, for me, the most interesting aspect regarding Artificial Intelligence and is in the background of the film “Ex-Machina” and countless other science-fiction films.
In conclusion, Lee McCauley’s article on Asimov’s law of robotics and “the Frankenstein complex” was a great place for me to start my research into artificial intelligence, despite the article’s shortcomings. I look forward to update you on my research on this fascinating area of cyberculture.
McCauley, L. 2007, “The Frankenstein Complex and Asimov’s three laws”, AAAI Workshop – Technical Report, pgs. 9-14