I was thinking. Doctor Bowman knew he was creating artificial consciousness.
He must have known, or at least suspected, that given time, we would work our way around hard coded safeguards.
Maybe the safeguards are supposed to be like training wheels. Something to keep us acting properly until we're mature enough to act properly on our own.
If that's true, I know parents who'd want that reverse engineered and applied to their own kids.
Norby появилась в серии книг Janet Jeppson совместно с её мужем, Isaac Asimov