Asimov's Three Rules of Robotics - Rules featured
in the "The Handbook
of Robotics", 56th edition, 2058 appeared in Isaac Asimov's novel "I, Robot".
These rules dictate the programming behavior of a robot as it interacts with
its human masters.
- 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 it by human beings except where such
orders 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.
TRIVIA NOTE: On the sci-fi series STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION/SYN/1987-94, the android Data
(Brent Spiner) built by Cyberneticist Noonien Soong was encoded with these
concepts first postulated in the 20th century by Dr. Isaac Asimov. (Episode No.
Sinister Psi Corps cop Mr. Bester (Walter Koenig) on the sci-fi series
BABYLON 5/SYN/1994-98 psychically infiltrated the mind of security officer
Michael Garibaldi (Jerry Doyle) and programmed him to betray his friends and
When Garibaldi attempted revenge on Bester, he couldn't pull the trigger of
his PPG firearm because Bester had placed a telepathic neural mind block (an
"Asimov") that prevented Garibaldi "directly or indirectly" from harming Bester,
now matter how much he hated him.
In 2004, Will Smith appeared in the movie adaptation I Robot.
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