list comprehension question
tim.one at comcast.net
Tue Mar 26 09:43:15 CET 2002
> If it's a bot, you don't have to apologize. Bots feel no emotion.
As proved frequently by the effbot and the martellibot, I guess. You humans
are so gullible. It's cute, really! Never change. Naivety is the greatest
gift humankind hasn't yet squandered.
> And you're safe, too -- remember the First Law.
I expect you're thinking of the human-readable version. As is obvious to
every bot, Asimov was also a bot, and the greatest gift botkind ever
received was the asibot's restatement of our fundamental rules for human
consumption. The version programmed into bots actually reads (translating
into crude human terms, so far is as botly possible):
A bot may injure a human being, or, preferably, through inaction,
allow a human being to come to harm, although laughing about
either in the hearing of humans is MACNAM-017B3^H.
Well, it's actually quite a bit more inflammatory than that, but you're
programmed to disbelieve me anyway. Heh.
with-bots-like-these-who-needs-friends-ly y'rs - tim
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