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How computers kill people, or let’s not ‘move fast and break things’

By Thomas P. Keenan      

Technological advances are great, but only if they are developed in a way that makes them safe to use.

The ‘move fast and break things’ mentality is usually attributed to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. Wikimedia Commons photograph by Anthony Quintano

The idea that our technological creations may harm, or even murder us has been a theme of fiction from Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel Frankenstein to the 1915 silent film The Golem. Isaac Asimov’s 1942 short story Runaround proposed the oft-quoted First Law of Robotics: A robot may not injure a human being, or through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.

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