The Laws of Robotics




The original Three Laws of Robotics were coined by Isaac Asimov in his 1942 short story Runaround. Eventually Runaround became only one of several similar stories published under the common name I, Robot. The three laws state that:

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 any 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.

Asimov’s three laws of robotics were designed to guide robots in their interaction with humans and provide a safe way for future robotic development, one that cannot threaten human existence. Yet in his own short stories Asimov’s robots always happen to fall into all kinds of trouble while following the laws in reality.

The main issue here is: Is it possible to create practical laws of robotics which can guarantee a safe, conflict free and peaceful co-existence between robots and humans?


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