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Musee des Arts et Metiers

Besides providing an excellent place to stay out of the rain, Arts et Metiers had enough incredibly well crafted, and often surprisingly beautiful quotidian objects, to keep us fascinated through many days of bad weather. Only the photos can give you an idea of the variety of displays covering the time from before 1750 to after 1950. After walking through the exhibits floor by floor, coming out into the renovated church filled with ramps of old automobiles leading up to early flying machines suspended from the ceiling, was both impressive and, for me, a bit acrophobic. Best lesson learned was the three laws of robotics: first, a robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm; second, a robot must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the first law; third, a robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the first or second law. But why should that just be for robots?


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