I fear Isaac Asimov’s ‘three laws of robotics’ will hardly ever be implemented. Once technology advances, humans will be removed from the chain of command, and the future predicted by science fiction writers will come to pass. It was these thoughts that resulted in the idea for this story.
Technology is great. Humanity wouldn’t be in the position it’s in now if it wasn’t for technological advancements. You could argue that technology has brought nothing but trouble on us humans, but that’s down to human nature and the misuse of it, not the technology itself. Science should be used as a tool to improve the lives of every living thing on the planet, and beyond, but it should never be allowed to control us.
“To use a human as a poor analogy; my body is a reinforced titanium-ceramic sphere, my brain is a super-computer housed within the sphere. It’s true I’m attached to the ship, and have full control over its systems like you are when driving your car. Although it would be more difficult for me to get out, it’s still entirely possible.” Captain Banks looked baffled, then laughed. “Ahh, it’s a joke! I didn’t think you had a sense of humour.”
This story was inspired by real-life research into decision-making during life-or-death situations. If, while driving you’re forced to hit one person, or swerve and hit another, which of the two people do you choose? If you have to choose between hitting a person or a brick wall, which do you choose?