My most favourite books as a child was anything written by Issac Asimov. The creator of the 3 rules of robotics. Asimov sought to create an ethical system for humans and robots. The laws first appeared in his short story “Runaround” (1942).

My approach with technology has often followed the same philosophical relationship.

The laws 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 Law.”

Many might be unaware that Asimov later added another rule, known as the fourth or zeroth law, that superseded the others. It stated that “A robot may not harm humanity, or, by inaction, allow humanity to come to harm.”

I often think about the idea of humans having the same laws for existence and how our world might be different or better if we did.

The more technology becomes an extension of us. The more this question spends in my mind.


Discover more from Ming's Blog

Subscribe to get the latest posts to your email.