The Three Laws of Robotics are a set of rules governing robots devised by the science fiction author. These three laws are almost always hardwired into each robot in Asimov's works, but many of his works explore the ramifications of the laws and the counter-intuitive behaviors which may be caused by them.

The Three Laws of Robotics are a set of rules governing robots devised by the science fiction author. These three laws are almost always hardwired into each robot in Asimov's works. The Three Laws, as quoted from the fictional "Handbook of Robotics, 56th Edition, 2058 A.D.", are as follows:

  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 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 Laws.

Source: Wikipedia article on the Three Laws of Robotics, quoting from Asimov's I, Robot

Many of Asimov's works explore the ramifications of the laws and the counter-intuitive behaviors which may be caused by them.

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