Robot kill switches & legal status: MEPs endorse AI proposal

A European Parliament committee has voted in favor of a draft report that proposes granting legal status to robots, categorizing them as “electronic persons”.

Before granting legal status to robots and passing laws concerning their “rights”, maybe we could concentrate on the rights of humans and get that all squared away before moving on to machines.

An interlude is needed.  We take several “interludes” each day here at the Asylum. Some are robust and active, depending on what Henry is demanding. The ones we prefer are more of a subdued interlude, where we can sit quietly, sipping on a vodka and kombucha over ice, and simply “be”.

One of our favorite musical pieces to accompany our interlude is by Muzio Clementi, Italian born British composer (January 23, 1752 – March 10 1832).

Rather than provide a history of this oft-forgotten composer, which can be found here if you’re so interested, we thought we’d provide what one of his contemporaries thought of his music ~

From Wikipedia:


A description of Beethoven’s regard for Clementi’s music can be found in the testimony of his assistant, Anton Schindler, who wrote “He (Beethoven) had the greatest admiration for these sonatas, considering them the most beautiful, the most pianistic of works, both for their lovely, pleasing, original melodies and for the consistent, easily followed form of each movement.

One of his more delightful pieces is his Symphony in B~Flat Major, Op. 18, in particular, the adagio movement, highlighted in the following YouTube clip. As Beethoven said of his sonatas – lovely and pleasing best describes this brief 4 minute gem from Clementi.

Muzio Clementi – Symphony in B-Flat Major, Op. 18, No. 1: II. Un poco adagio


Photo credit (front page):

Photo credit of Mr. Clementi: By Thomas Hardy (1757–1804) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons



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