The year is 2035 and humanoid robots, powered by Artificial Intelligence, are part of everyday life. Detective Del Spooner hates robots because he was in a car accident and a robot pulled him to safety while leaving a 12-year-old girl to die – because the odds of her living were statistically lower than Detective Spooner's. Eventually, these humanoids band together in a plot to take over the world. Is that the future of AI? Will the machine become so powerful that it begins to think to a point where it is more capable than the humans? Notice, I said capable, not powerful.
I love it when I get feedback from a blog that I've written. I appreciate the different perspectives and insights that others bring to a topic of interest. And no blog that I've written has drawn more comments than my blog, "Isaac Asimov: The 4th Law of Robotics." The section of the blog that fueled the most comments stem from a scene in the movie I, Robot where Detective Spooner (played by Will Smith) is explaining to Doctor Calvin (who is responsible for giving robots human-like behaviors) why he distrusts and hates robots. He is describing an incident where his police car crashed into another car and both cars were thrown into a cold and deep river – certain death for all occupants.
An "almost lifeless" baby otter was rescued from the side of a busy main road after being initially mistaken for a discarded "old mail sack". Cyclist Robert Spooner spotted her in the dim light near Peterborough. "I couldn't just leave it there," he said, so he carried the otter to his mother's house, who looked after it until rescue centre volunteers arrived. They said the otter had made a "great recovery" but would not have survived in the wild without his help. Mr Spooner said it took him a "few seconds" to realise what he had come across at the side of the road a few days before Christmas.
Cleveland Cavaliers' Kevin Porter Jr. (4) and Chicago Bulls' Ryan Arcidiacono (51) compete for the ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, in Cleveland. Cavaliers rookie guard Kevin Porter Jr. has been suspended by the NBA for one game without pay for bumping an official. At the end of the third quarter of Cleveland's 131-111 loss to Dallas on Sunday night, Porter brushed into referee Bill Spooner's shoulder as he ran back down the floor after missing a shot. The contact knocked Spooner off balance, and he immediately looked at Porter, who didn't turn around. The league announced the discipline for Porter on Monday.