Posted: April 29th, 2010 | Author: Tobias | Filed under: random | Comments Off
the essence of the law is that once a social or economic indicator or other surrogate measure is made a target for the purpose of conducting social or economic policy, then it will lose the information content that would qualify it to play such a role.
Arthur C. Clarke three “laws” of prediction:
- When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.
- The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.
- Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
Three Laws of robotics
- A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
- A robot must obey any orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
- A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law
Posted: April 24th, 2010 | Author: Tobias | Filed under: anecdote | Comments Off
Mr. Yamaguchi was on the last day of a business trip. Just as he was about to leave he realized that he’d forgotten something a rushed back to work. The date was August 6, 1945 at 8:15 in the city of Hiroshima.
Mr. Yamaguchi survived the dropping of the atomic bomb by the US with burns, temporary blindness and temporary loss of hearing. Two day he finally was able to get home where he received treated for his injuries. The next day he went into work (!). The date was August 9 in the city of Nagasaki.
Mr, Yamaguchi is the only person to hold double survivor status recognized by the Japanese government. He finally died of stomach cancer in January 2010. Later in life he became an outspoken advocate of nuclear war.
Read the a more complete story on Wikipedia