Given that medical doctors no longer take the Hippocratic Oath (4th century BC) from what I understand — please correct me— which in part reads “I will prescribe regimens for the good of my patients according to my ability and my judgment and never do harm to anyone”, it is of grave concern what the future course of technologies such as Big Dog and the like will hold for the betterment of mankind.
Issac Asimov, widely regarded as the spiritual father of science fiction, outlined three rules that all robots in his future worlds must obey. The most important two were: a robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm; and a robot must obey orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law. (Science Daily)
I’m all in favor of science and technology. However science and technology without morality is blind.
A free and virtuous society, which America aspires to be, must reject practices that devalue and violate human life at any stage from conception until natural death. In defending the right to life, in law and through a vibrant culture of life, America can show the world the path to a truly humane future in which man remains the master, not the product, of his technology.