Did you watch the movie “I, Robot”? In the movie, humans are protected from robots by the Three Laws of Robotics:
- A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
- A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
- A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.
These Three Laws of Robotics are actually a set of rules devised by the science fiction author Isaac Asimov in his 1942 short story – “Runaround”, although they had been foreshadowed in a few earlier stories. Nowadays, Hollywood seems to twist these laws and come up with new Laws of Robotics:
- A robot may not injure a human being unless it would make for an exciting story.
- A robot must obey orders given it by human beings, except when those orders might prevent cool explosions.
- A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not prevent the hero from killing it and saving the beautiful-but-spunky heroine.
- Female robots must be sexually attractive to humans.
- Robots must always speak in easily understood English.
- Robots that look like humans must be programmed to never blink or understand humor.
- Robots must be smart enough to gain sentience, but dumb enough to fall for quickly constructed traps.