"Probably, HAL made the right decision. Those astronauts did not seem well prepared for such an important expedition."
(Asimov had it wrong...)
Geoffrey's Laws of Robotics
A robot will do what it's instructed to do, no more and no less.
The language in which instructions are given to the robot is designed to be convenient to the robot, not you.
All consequences of the robot's actions are the responsibility of the programmer, not the robot. The robot doesn't know, or care, about consequences.
(these laws, as might be expected, have several consequences and
--from Analog 2004)
The Progress of Robotics
In the fifties, it was predicted that in 5 years robots would everywhere.
In the sixties, it was predicted that in 10 years robots would be everywhere.
In the seventies, it was predicted that in 20 years robots would be everywhere.
In the eighties, it was predicted that in 40 years robots would be everywhere...
page by Geoffrey A. Landis, 2004 (revised 2009)