Wounded robot

  wiz-king 23 Oct 12

Poor thing got shot - report from The Register

Hero police robot back on duty after 'unstable man' blasts it with shotgun

Tin cop 'did its job', laughs off leaden hail from 12-bore An heroic police robot has returned to duty with a Nebraska force after being put out of action by an "unstable man" who blasted it repeatedly with a 12-bore* shotgun at point blank range during a tense siege this summer.

  Forum Editor 23 Oct 12

Time for The Register to look up the meaning of the word anthropomorphise.

We're in trouble when we start using the word 'heroic' in articles about robotic machines.

  wiz-king 23 Oct 12

Well, his/her/it's interpretation of the Zeroth law seems OK.

The Zeroth Law reads:

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

  Forum Editor 23 Oct 12


That wasn't my point. I was saying that by referring to a robot as 'heroic' the writer was anthropomorphising it.

Robots are machines, they're not capable of heroism.

Anyway, it's an interesting story, and I don't mean to nitpick, sometimes I can't help myself. Thanks for posting about it.

  Blackhat 23 Oct 12


You are obviously an Asimov fan but I would like to see what these robots they are using actualy look like.

I too am an Asimov fan, I have whithin my library over 250 of his nearly 400 publications including many hardback 1st editions, limited editions and US & UK paperback 1st editions, I have been collecting for over 30 years and I even have an official NASA photo of an astronaut on the moon signed by Asimov with the inscription 'science fiction becoms science fact'.

  Forum Editor 23 Oct 12


Your post takes me back. We used to read Isaac Asimov at university, it became a bit of a cult for a while.

  Bing.alau 24 Oct 12

There was I thinking universities were for educational purposes. I have no idea what you are talking about really but it sounds as if you were all reading comics about Robots... FE. Can I download any of this fascinating stuff on my Kindle? I've never heard of this Asimov character.

  Forum Editor 24 Oct 12


"There was I thinking universities were for educational purposes."

They are, but you live there for three years at least, and it's not all work - you do quite a bit of growing up whilst you're there, too. Part of the process includes socialising (quite a lot of that goes on), and reading all kinds of stuff.

Isaac Asimov died in 1992. He was a professor of biochemistry, and also a prolific writer - he wrote over 500 books. He is undoubtedly one of the 'big three' science-fiction writers (Robert A. Heinlein and Arthur C. Clarke being the other two) and his work was extremely popular when I was a student, although I found I tended to move on from it when I left university.

Asimov was a fascinating man - he wrote on all kinds of subjects apart from science fiction, and he invented the word 'robotics'.

If you want to sample the true flavour of his SF work I suggest you try the first of his 'Foundation' series, and a book called 'Complete robot'. Blackhat might have other suggestions.

  johndrew 24 Oct 12

If you like SF Amazon have a few of Asimov's books; how many, if any, are e-books though.enter link description here

  Aitchbee 24 Oct 12

The three little robots [drones] featured in that great 1972 Sci-Fi film " Silent Running " were called HUEY, DEWEY, and LOUIE ...also, I've just found out that three of Donald Duck's nephews had the exact same [fore]names ...how strange is that!

  Forum Editor 24 Oct 12


"how strange is that!"

Not really strange at all - the robots were named after the Disney characters.


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