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Isaac Asimov published his three laws in a short story called “Runaround” which was published by Street and Smith Publications, Inc. in 1942.  The three laws were stated as follows:

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

Asimov noted that the three laws are, at their core, basic principles of machine engineering scaled up for designing hard AIs, i.e. a well-designed tool (like a kitchen knife) should not cause its user grievous injury, it should accomplish its intended function efficiently, and it should be able to perform its tasks without damaging itself.

Isaac Asimov (Birth January 2, 1920 – death April 6, 1992): Russian, born American author and professor of biochemistry at Boston University, best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books. Asimov was one of the most prolific writers of all time, having written or edited more than 500 books and an estimated 90,000 letters and postcards. His works have been published in all ten major categories of the Dewey Decimal System (although his only work in the 100s — which covers philosophy and psychology — was a foreword for The Humanist Way).President of the American Humanist Association and one Isaac Asimov literary award are named in his honor.

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One of the pioneers of Science Fiction, Isaac Asimov invented or popularized many of the genre’s tropes – Robot Buddies, Galactic Empires, world-spanning cities – but is best known for the Laws of Robotics and the Foundation Trilogy, both early works. He is considered one of the “Big Three” of Science Fiction along with Arthur C. Clarke and Robert A. Heinlein, and is the owner of one seriously awesome pair of sideburns.

Dr. Asimov was a professor of biochemistry, and one of the most prolific writers of science fiction and fact in history, with novels, short stories, scholarly articles, books about writing itself, a book of facts and at least two joke books to his credit.

“Science does not purvey absolute truth, science is a mechanism. It’s a way of trying to improve your knowledge of nature, it’s a system for testing your thoughts against the universe and seeing whether they match.”  (1988 interview)

Isaac Asimov (Birth January 2, 1920 – death April 6, 1992): Russian, born American author and professor of biochemistry at Boston University, best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books. Asimov was one of the most prolific writers of all time, having written or edited more than 500 books and an estimated 90,000 letters and postcards. His works have been published in all ten major categories of the Dewey Decimal System (although his only work in the 100s — which covers philosophy and psychology — was a foreword for The Humanist Way).President of the American Humanist Association and one Isaac Asimov literary award are named in his honor.

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“Once we have computer outlets in every home, each of them hooked up to enormous libraries where anyone can ask any question and be given answers, be given reference materials, be something you’re interested in knowing, from an early age, however silly it might seem to someone else… that’s what YOU are interested in, and you can ask, and you can find out, and you can do it in your own home, at your own speed, in your own direction, in your own time… Then, everyone would enjoy learning. Nowadays, what people call learning is forced on you, and everyone is forced to learn the same thing on the same day at the same speed in class, and everyone is different.”

Isaac Asimov (1988 interview)

Isaac Asimov (Birth January 2, 1920 – death April 6, 1992): Russian, born American author and professor of biochemistry at Boston University, best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books. Asimov was one of the most prolific writers of all time, having written or edited more than 500 books and an estimated 90,000 letters and postcards. His works have been published in all ten major categories of the Dewey Decimal System (although his only work in the 100s — which covers philosophy and psychology — was a foreword for The Humanist Way). President of the American Humanist Association and one Isaac Asimov literary award are named in his honor.

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“As long as we focus on the object we know, we will miss the new one we need to see. The process of unlearning in order to relearn demands a new concept of knowledge not as thing but as a process, not as a noun but as a verb.”

Cathy Davidson (2011)

She is an American scholar and university professor, has authored or edited eighteen books. Her work for the last decade has focused on technology, collaboration, cognition, learning, and the digital age.

During the 2009-10 academic year, Dr. Davidson chaired Duke University’s Digital Futures Task Force, whose university-wide open access policy was unanimously accepted by Duke’s Academic Council in March of 2010. In 2010, President Obama nominated her to a six-year term on the National Council on the Humanities, a position confirmed by the Senate in July 2011.

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What the railroads did for the second half of the 19th century and the automobile for the first half of the 20th century may be done for the second half of the 20th century by the knowledge industry: And that is, to serve as the focal point for .. growth.”

Clark Kerr (his quote from the 1960’s)
He was an American professor of economics and academic administrator. He was the first chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley and twelfth president of the University of California. Founding director of the Institute of Industrial Relations.

Clark Kerr Medal or the Clark Kerr Award for Distinguished Leadership in Higher Education

is an award given to a person who has made an exemplary contribution to the advancement of higher education. The award is given by the Academic Senate of the University of California, Berkeley.

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Russia has allocated nine billion rubles (over $300 million) to create an original educational infrastructure for its universities over 2010-2012. Higher education budget expenditures more than doubled since 2005 and stood at 390 billion rubles (almost $14.5 billion) in 2011.

“In the next five years some 70 billion rubles ($2.4 billion) will be allocated to support higher education,” Putin said, adding that educational institutions taking part in the program should become the driving force in developing whole regions and strategically important industrial sectors.

Former President and current Prime Minister Vladimir Putin also said that Russia has launched a 12 billion ruble ($415 million) project to attract the best international specialists to its universities.

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The Tourism and Hospitality industry being the largest service sector in India, adds around 6.23 per cent to the national GDP and 8.78 per cent of the total employment in the country. The Tourism and Hospitality industry being the largest service sector in India, adds around 6.23 per cent to the national GDP and 8.78 per cent of the total employment in the country. The Indian Tourism industry has out performed the global tourism industry in terms of growth in the volume of international tourists as well as in terms of revenue. The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) has named India along with China as one of the fastest growing tourism industries in the next 15 years.

We wait to welcome our Indian students with open arms to study Bachelor and Master programs here in St. Petersburg, Russia which is also called “Window to Europe” and “Venice of the North”, a city built on hundreds of islands!

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