About that robot attack

robot chess player

A robot in Moscow violated Isaac Asimov’s First Law of Robots when it broke the finger of a 7-year-old boy.

The kid was playing the robot during a chess tournament and apparently reached for a piece out of turn. The robotic arm grabbed his finger and crushed it.

In case it’s been a while since you read Asimov’s I Robot, the First Law of Robotics states: “A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.”

Not sure if Asimov specified what sort of penalty a robot would face for violation of the law. And could it get a fair trial? What would constitute a jury of its peers? Perhaps this calls for the creation of a new organization to represent the rights of robots. I propose PETA — People for the Ethical Treatment of Androids.