Saturday, January 05, 2008

The 3 Laws of Robotics according to Warren Ellis

Warren Ellis's gives us a profane and angry take on the Three Laws of Robotics. For those of you scratching your heads now saying...ummm laws? what laws? Let me enlighten you. Science Fiction author Isaac Asimov is credited with being the first to pen rules for robot behavior. His three laws were basic and simple, they are for the most part 1) a robot must obey a human 2) a robot must never harm a human or through inaction allow a human to come to harm 3) a robot must preserve itself at all cost unless it violates either first or second law. I have simplified them a bit.

Now, as high minded as this all is. Many love to have a go at these "laws" Warren, on his blog, gives us a very funny rant which is so profane, that I really can not quote here. But for a good laugh I suggest that you take a trip over and have a read.

Never fear either, Isaac would get just as bit a laugh as you will.

3 laws rant


Shaun A. Saunders said...

Don't forget Daneel's 'Zeroth' law!

For a perspective on where these laws might run afoul, read Jack Williamson's classic 'With Folded Hands'.

Beam Me Up said...

Shaun, you know, I always was aggregated with blatant disregard for Asimov's laws. Always was and still am a very big Asimov fan. To me the laws were like something brought down from the mount...(which when you think about it is wildly funny) I have to agree though, Folded Hands is brilliant, but it was when he expanded it to "the Humanoids" that the frightening consequences of total adherence to the second law came to it's frightening completion. Oh yes, the laws taken too literally are a death knell to humanity.