machines to aid in euthanasia

One more sign that we’re approaching the singularity. Machines versus people, machines and people.

More on singularity at the singularity institue. There was a talk about it at one of the long now seminars that piqued my interest (look for bruce sterling’s talk on singularity).

Here’s the post:

Judaism is so awesome — it’s the only religion composed entirely of loopholes!

Israelis to be allowed euthanasia by machine

Machines will perform euthanasia on terminally ill patients in Israel under legislation devised not to offend Jewish law, which forbids people taking human life.

A special timer will be fitted to a patient’s respirator which will sound an alarm 12 hours before turning it off. Normally, carers would override the alarm and keep the respirator turned on but, if various stringent conditions are met, including the giving of consent by the patient or legal guardian, the alarm would not be overridden.

Similar timing devices, known as Sabbath clocks, are used in the homes of orthodox Jews so that light switches and electrical devices can be turned on during the Sabbath without offending religious strictures.