When science fiction author Isaac Asimov devised his Three Laws of Robotics he was thinking about androids.

He envisioned a world where these human-like robots would act like servants and would need a set of programming rules to prevent them from causing harm.

But in the 75 years since the publication of the first story to feature his ethical guidelines, there have been significant technological advancements.


The three ‘Laws of Robotics’ were devised by sci-fi author Isaac Asimov in a short story he wrote in 1942, called ‘Runaround’.

They state:

  • 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

We now have a very different conception of what robots can look like and how we will interact with them.

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