Comments: Asimov's robots as a metaphor for understanding human nature

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Good point, Hube, about the entitlement stuff. It reminded me of that idiotic Democratic Party commercial from a couple of years ago where Paul Ryan pushed the seniors off the cliff.

Posted by Carl at July 8, 2013 01:47 PM

And I'm definitely no stranger to being called "heartless" for saying that we need to cut entitlement programs, that's for sure!

Posted by Carl at July 8, 2013 01:54 PM

Sorry for the triple post, but yeah, I remember that ridiculous conversation from "The Neutral Zone." And I've also wondered why people just didn't escape into the holodeck instead of risking life and limb fighting the Klingons and Romulans and Cardassians.

And damn autocorrect... it accidentally added a y at the end of my name for some reason. Didn't catch it until it was posted.

Posted by Carl at July 8, 2013 04:54 PM

I'll fix your name, Carl.

Yeah, TNG is a big ignorer of human nature. I mean, c'mon -- spend all day, every day, in the holodeck living out my ultimate fantasies, or risk my life against devious aliens? Hmmm ... so hard to decide ...

Posted by Hube at July 8, 2013 04:59 PM

Definitely the holodeck for me. I wouldn't mind occasional space travel, but I would rather stay safe inside the holodeck living out my dreams.

Posted by Carl at July 9, 2013 02:20 PM

Biggest use for holodeck? Porn.

Posted by Hube at July 9, 2013 04:29 PM

As counterpoint to the "Zeroth Law" you should read Jack Williamson's great novella With Folded Hands.

Posted by Dave Schuler at July 11, 2013 06:40 PM