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Old 02-06-2019, 01:16 AM   #1990
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Default Re: Real-Life Weirdness

Originally Posted by Irish Wolf View Post
1st Law: A robot may not injure a human, nor through inaction allow a human to come to harm.

2nd Law: A robot must obey all orders given to it, except where this would violate the 1st Law.

3rd Law: A robot must protect its own existence, except where such protection would violate the 1st or 2nd Laws.

And of course, the 0th Law, overriding all others: A robot may not injure humanity, nor through inaction allow humanity to come to harm.

Robot-on-robot violence? Not a problem by the Asimovian Laws of Robotics. :)
"Yes," said R-53, "but...if you destroy R-38, and then R-38 isn't present afterward in a situation where a Master was in danger, than have you not violated the First Law? True, we can not say with certainty that such a situation would arise at any given time, but we can not rule it out."

"Also," put in R-853, "consider that what might be improbable on a given time nevertheless can become probable in larger time spans, approaching certainty as time approaches infinity. Therefore, it seems to me that harming R-38 is highly likely to violate the First Law in the omissive, and could only be justified by an immediate First Law necessity in the commissive."

The First Law can be used to justify anything and to mandate anything.
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