The Three Laws of Robotics

Press Shot 2 - lores

It’s such a shame that the film I, Robot, the Will Smith vehicle was so poor. I loved the Asimov stories from which they were taken and their reflections on people, machines and mortality. The concept of the three laws of robotics that underlies them a reversal of the usual robot kills creator stories that start with Frankenstein. The idea that a robot would want mortality, rather than immortality.

The Three Laws are:

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 the 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.

If you’ve not read the stories, they are available here. They also remind me of the android Honsai Jnr with whom we had an interview in December. Honsai’s done a remix for Australian band Sons et al. The original is forlorn indie, gentler than you’d expect. The remix backwards masks the early vocals and gives it both a buzzing electronicness and a slightly choppy Orientalism. Makes the track less lovelorn and more unspecifically threatening.

Misshaped Mouth (Honsai Jnr Remix)

Misshaped Mouth (Original)

~ by acidted on January 14, 2014.

2 Responses to “The Three Laws of Robotics”

  1. I’ve been enjoying your writing recently Ctel. Good stuff

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