The first laws for robots

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The first one who regulated robotics is of course Isaak Asimov. But still, as brilliant as his laws  are, some argue that most of the current approaches to create guidelines for roboethics as well as robot laws are based mainly on Asimov’s laws and that these are not reaching far enough. They are formulated in a very general manner and therefore can be interpreted differently, disregarded or circumvented:


1st Law: A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.

2nd Law: A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the 1st Law.

3rd Law: A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the 1st or 2nd Laws.


(Asimov, I. “I Robot”. New York: Doubleday & Company, 1950)


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