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February 27, 2008

TROTT's Four Laws of Robotics

Isaac Asimov's "Three Laws of Robotics" have just been referenced in something I was watching, and it made me think: as I understand it, a lot of Asimov's novels present these perfect laws and then go on to explore how they can be broken.

So, with that in mind, I present TROTT's Four Laws of Robotics (with the first three being spookily familiar):

  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.
  4. A robot must never fuck about with the laws.

Problem solved...


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