Just as long as his name is not Hector…

It’s alive, ALIVE!

NASA has awakened Robonaut 2, the next generation in space robots on the International Space Station.
Yahoo discusses the robot here.
NASA is excited about the use of the robot in space in that it can take over simple, repetitive or dangerous tasks. There is no word as to whether or not the AI will take umbrage with the repetitive or dangerous tasks and will rebel against it’s human masters. They also consume less food, spend less time in the John, and can go outside without a hat…alas he won’t be replacing severed arms like Dr. J.’s minion 2-1B.
NASA hopefully has taken the safeguards of programing Robonaut 2 (or R2 as it’s affectionately known) with Asimov’s laws of robotics (thank you I Robot, by Isacc Asimov!):

  1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
  2. A robot must obey any orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
  3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.
and added later:

0. A robot may not harm humanity, or, by inaction, allow humanity to come to harm.

If they forgot to program those laws in, we might be in for some shenanigans at the ISS…

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About Dr. J.

Dr. J. was born the son of a New Atlantean sharecropper who cornered the market on notoriously delicious seaweed Himanthalia elongata (popularly known as Thongweed). With his newly minted seaweed fortune, Mr. J. the Elder sent his son to attend the Academy of Sorcery, Alchemy and Surgery where the good doctor apprenticed with the finest sorcerer surgeons in New Atlantis. Dr. J.'s areas of expertise grew to include bleeding, cutting for stone, trephination, medical divination with outstanding spatial and temporal resolution, cybernetic sorcery and medicinal alchemy. When King Orin of Atlantis fell ill with the Ick, Dr. J. stepped in with an elixir he devised from a combination of minerals, herbs and saps. Curing the king, Dr. J. gained significant notoriety which afforded him the luxury of time to devote himself to his side hobbies which include porpoise racing, the study of supply-side economics, cooking and raising his lovely merchildren alongside his lovely bride the archconservative Mrs. Dr. J.