Friday, 4 January 2008

Isaac Asimov's 3 Laws of Robotics

Having watched I, Robot last night I thought I'd put these up on the blog today.

  1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
  2. A robot must obey orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
  3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.


Mark said...

While the film is good I'd also recommend reading the book by Isaac Asimov as it gives a bit more context and explanation as to why those should be the three laws of robotics.

Scriptor Senex said...

Did you know that later, Asimov added the Zeroth Law: "A robot may not harm humanity, or, by inaction, allow humanity to come to harm"; the rest of the laws are modified sequentially to acknowledge this.

Others added a so-called fourth and fifth law (which really should be fifth and sixth!) which were
A robot must establish its identity as a robot in all cases.
A robot must know it is a robot.