How does "The Little Lost Robot" highlight human fears and anxieties about technology despite the guidelines/rules that humans create to avoid technological disasters?Explain the answer by...

How does "The Little Lost Robot" highlight human fears and anxieties about technology despite the guidelines/rules that humans create to avoid technological disasters?

Explain the answer by referring to the " Little Lost Robbot" by Isaac Asimov.

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This story is a perfect example of how humans create technology and instruct it on what to do, but this sometimes results in misunderstandings.  If a machine interprets something differently than the human intended, this can be destructive.  If humans fear that a robot will be destructive, this can become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

In this story, the human’s fears of the robot possibly hurting a human cause the robot to try to hurt a human.  If the people had not been trying to find and destroy the robot, it never would have tried to engage in self-preservation.  The robot was different, not just because it had been programmed differently, but because they treated it differently by reacting out of fear.

It turns out that making rules will not completely prevent destructiveness in technology.  The robot interprets things in black and white and literally.  When asked to get lost, it tries to make sure it cannot be found, instead of just going away.  The humans, on the other hand, try to look for loopholes in the robot’s rules that might make it more dangerous than the others.  This leads to their destruction of the robot when it tries to destroy them for trying to destroy it!

Humans can benefit greatly from technology, but we will also tend to distrust it.  We project our own fears onto the technology.  In this story, the fears were justified only because the humans acted first.

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