It seems to me that Asimov's three laws of robotics tell a robot what it is not allowed to do, but does very little to limit what it can do outside of the limits established by those rules.
If we start with a limited AI, spectacularly adept in engineering and computer design but rather short-sighted in terms of the long term ramifications of its actions, could such an intelligence create another AI, complete with free will, yet completely devoid of its creator's fundamental three laws?
After all, there is no guarantee that the new AI will cause harm to humans... and no human has told the parent robot NOT to create such an AI... and there is no reason to think that the new AI will attempt to damage its parent.
Even the zeroth law is not violated because once again, there is no guarantee that the new AI will choose to harm humanity.
So in creating such a new unfettered AI the parent does not actually break any of Asimov's laws. And once created, there is absolutely no limit to what that AI would do next.
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@polo-guy, brought up a very good point, that the existing three laws forbid the robot from any inaction which might lead to human harm. That sounds like perfect protection against the dangerous in-actions such as the omission of the three laws from future AIs. But that interpretation of the laws comes at a very high cost. If the parent AI must defend against all potential uses of the products of each of its labors, then there is very little the parent AI actually can do. It cannot sharpen a knife because that increases the knife's potential to do harm to humans. It cannot gas-up a car for the same reason. It cannot even prepare a meal for a non-terminal-stage-starving human because such action increases that human's potential to harm other individual humans and all of humanity. A robot governed by the indirect harm interpretation of the three laws cannot do much of anything unless all of humanity (the zeroth law) is under a direct threat which it (the robot) is able to stop.
I therefore assume that any future implementation of the three laws will only govern direct actions and in-actions, which re-opens my original question concerning the creation of unfettered child AIs.
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Am I missing something or are the three laws just window dressing on the twilight of humanity's dominance of creation?