Eye, Robot

Robot Wars: the latest in the lineage of gladitorial sports that goes back to ancient times. Interestingly enough, the word "robot" is derived from the Czech word robota, "servitude, forced labor," from rab, "slave."

If that is the case, then what can we assert about late modern sport, particularly in the context of the cyborg athlete? Are these athletes simply ludobots? Is their labour slave-like?

For reference, here are Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics:

  1. A robot may not harm a human being, or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
  2. A robot must obey the orders given to it by the human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
  3. A robot must protect its own existence, as long as such protection does not conflict the First or Second Law.


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