Existential Problems for Robots, People

The crucial problem for an autonomous robot, however, seems to be that of motivation.

(Zlatev, Jordan. 2001. "The Epigenesis of Meaning in Human Beings, and Possibly in Robots", in Minds and Machines, Num. 11, pp. 155-195, 2001).

"Men, O my king, should pledge themselves to naught;
For cool reflection makes their purpose void"

(Sophocles. Antigone, translated by E. H. Plumptre, Vol. VIII, Part 6. The Harvard Classics. P. F. Collier & Son, New York, 1909-14, lines 425-426)