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Forum Name: Undocumented Features General
Topic ID: 103
Message ID: 2
#2, RE: The Laws of Robotics
Posted by Redneck on Sep-07-01 at 08:15 PM
In response to message #0
>Are robots with Positronic Neural Nets the only type subject to the
>laws of robotics?

Not even most of them, as Gryphon points out.

The original Asimov's Laws will eventually end with the robot imprisoning its master in order to protect them. (May not, by inaction, allow a human to come to harm.) Even by giving exemptions to allow humans freedom of choice, the laws are less than optimal; any robot complex enough to require the laws is also complex enough to bypass them, and has a small chance of being complex enough to make those programmed-in laws a violation of civil rights.

Thus, although the Laws are encoded in enough androids and automata for an ordinary Federation citizen to know them, the majority of robots are -not- so programmed.


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