Robotic quadcopters are pretty cool, and as you can see in the video above they make decent musicians. Now a startup company in San Francisco says they’ll deliver your tacos using a quadcopter (click here to visit TacoCopter.com). All you have to do is place your order on your smartphone and let the robots do their magic. As science fiction predicted, robots are becoming part of our daily lives.
Of course TacoCopters aren’t our only robotic servants. We have robots for disarming bombs, predator drones that fly around killing terrorists, and there is serious talk of making cars that drive themselves. With this growing community of robots around us, we should seriously consider what we’ll do if they rise up against us and try to take over.
This is why science fiction writer Isaac Asimov proposed his Three Laws of Robotics, fundamental laws to be programmed into every robot.
- Robots may not harm a human being or through inaction allow a human to be harmed.
- Robots must obey any order given by a human unless that order would violate the First Law.
- Robots must protect their own existence so long as that does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.
At this point in time, robots are not intelligent and cannot threaten humanity. At this point in time, I’m not even convinced TacoCopters.com is a serious website created by a serious company. According to Popular Science, the person who created it has a history of hoaxes (click here for that). However, the day will come when robots live among us. Hopefully some version of Asimov’s Three Laws will be enacted before the robot wars begin.