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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.

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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.

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wiz-king

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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.

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wiz-king

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.

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wiz-king

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'.

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Blackhat

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

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Bing.alau

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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.

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Bing.alau

"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.

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johndrew

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

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Aitchbee

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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!

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Aitchbee

"how strange is that!"

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

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