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17th Jun '18 6:06:59 PM crazysamaritan
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30th Apr '18 5:13:50 AM merotoker
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*** The sequel ''Making Money'' establishes that the earliest Golems, of which later ones were otherwise pale immitations, did ''not'' have these. They would simply carry out any order given (but only by certain people) without question, and with just enough independence to do it unsupervised. The other golems are creeped out by them, with the effect compared to how humans feel about undead. It's speculated in-universe that the ones they found were special military models.

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*** The sequel ''Making Money'' establishes that the earliest Golems, of which later ones were otherwise pale immitations, imitations, did ''not'' have these. They would simply carry out any order given (but only by certain people) without question, and with just enough independence to do it unsupervised. The other golems are creeped out by them, with the effect compared to how humans feel about undead. It's speculated in-universe that the ones they found were special military models.



** This was then {{parodied}} by Creator/LyubomirNikolov with "The Hundred and First Law of Robotics", in which a man planning the Hundredth Law "[[ObviousRulePatch A robot should never fall from a roof]]" is killed by a robot who didn't want to learn any more laws. This results in the 101st, "Anyone who tries to teach a simple-minded robot a new law, must immediately be punished by being beaten on the head with the complete works of Asimov (200 volumes)."

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** This was then {{parodied}} {{parodied|Trope}} by Creator/LyubomirNikolov with "The Hundred and First Law of Robotics", in which a man planning the Hundredth Law "[[ObviousRulePatch A robot should never fall from a roof]]" is killed by a robot who didn't want to learn any more laws. This results in the 101st, "Anyone who tries to teach a simple-minded robot a new law, must immediately be punished by being beaten on the head with the complete works of Asimov (200 volumes)."



* ''Series/BlakesSeven''
** Averted with Zen, MasterComputer of the ''Liberator''. Despite not being actively malevolent, it refuses to intervene in the affairs of the crew when an alien-possessed Cally plants a bomb, thus breaking the First Law (causing harm by inaction). Yet Zen also shuts down to stop the crew of the Liberator entering a ForbiddenZone, violating the Second Law. It's also willing to kill (using a hallucination-type BoobyTrap) to protect its own existance, violating the Third Law.

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* ''Series/BlakesSeven''
''Series/BlakesSeven'':
** Averted with Zen, MasterComputer of the ''Liberator''. Despite not being actively malevolent, it refuses to intervene in the affairs of the crew when an alien-possessed Cally plants a bomb, thus breaking the First Law (causing harm by inaction). Yet Zen also shuts down to stop the crew of the Liberator entering a ForbiddenZone, violating the Second Law. It's also willing to kill (using a hallucination-type BoobyTrap) to protect its own existance, existence, violating the Third Law.






* Ancient Martian robomen in ''TabletopGame/RocketAge'' have a number of different three law for their robots. However, sometimes these laws may allow robots to kill, or ignore those in danger depending on the roboman's purpose.

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* Ancient Martian robomen in ''TabletopGame/RocketAge'' have a number of different three law laws for their robots. However, sometimes these laws may allow robots to kill, or ignore those in danger depending on the roboman's purpose.



* Webcomic/{{Pibgorn}}: [[http://www.gocomics.com/pibgorn/2010/07/22/ No!? You're programmed to obey me.]]

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* Webcomic/{{Pibgorn}}: ''Webcomic/{{Pibgorn}}'': [[http://www.gocomics.com/pibgorn/2010/07/22/ No!? You're programmed to obey me.]]
29th Apr '18 1:02:02 PM StarSword
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* [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] in ''Series/BabylonFive'', in this case, in regards to a human being. [[MagnificentBastard Alfred Bester]], using his {{Telepathy}} powers, was able to brain-wash [[spoiler: [[ManchurianAgent Mr. Garibaldi]]]] into not only being an unwilling agent of his against several of Bester's enemies, but ''also'' made it so that the three laws applied to him, in regards to Bester. He could not harm Bester, nor allow harm to befall him via inaction, and was compelled to follow orders directly given to him by Bester. Bester mostly did this just so that he could [[KickTheDog rub it in the character's face,]] and at this point really didn't have any other plans for the guy.

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* [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] in ''Series/BabylonFive'', in this case, in regards to a human being. [[MagnificentBastard Alfred Bester]], using his {{Telepathy}} powers, was able to brain-wash [[spoiler: [[ManchurianAgent Mr. Garibaldi]]]] into not only being an unwilling agent of his against several of Bester's enemies, but ''also'' made it so that the three laws applied to him, in regards to Bester. He could not harm Bester, nor allow harm to befall him via inaction, and was compelled to follow orders directly given to him by Bester. Bester mostly did this just so that he could [[KickTheDog rub it in the character's face,]] and at this point really didn't have any other plans for the guy. [[spoiler:[[LoopholeAbuse Garibaldi later discovers]] that the "Asimov" doesn't prevent him from supplying funding and weapons to anti-[=PsiCorps=] telepath guerrillas who ''might'' kill Bester, or making arrangements with them to have the brainwashing removed.]]
29th Apr '18 12:55:20 PM StarSword
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* ''Fanfic/TheWarOfTheMasters'' [[http://web.archive.org/web/20150304032245/http://sto-forum.perfectworld.com/showthread.php?t=1180241 (viewable here),]] a SharedUniverse of ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'' fics, has {{A|rtificialIntelligence}}Is governed by a theoretically more comprehensive version based on the [[Literature/TheBible Ten Commandments]]. Violating one causes the AI to freeze and require a manual reboot. Some [=AI=]s, such as one belonging to Section 31, lack one or more commandments.

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* ''Fanfic/TheWarOfTheMasters'' [[http://web.archive.org/web/20150304032245/http://sto-forum.perfectworld.com/showthread.php?t=1180241 (viewable here),]] a SharedUniverse of ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'' fics, has the primary {{A|rtificialIntelligence}}Is used by Starfleet (the ATTICUS Unlimited series) governed by a theoretically more comprehensive version based on the [[Literature/TheBible [[Literature/BookOfExodus Ten Commandments]]. Violating one causes the AI to freeze and require a manual reboot. Some [=AI=]s, such as one belonging to Section 31, lack one or more commandments.


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** Some [=AI=]s lack one or more commandments, while NX-86 "Looking Glass", a black project by Section 31, instead is governed solely by a directive based on Starfleet's oath of enlistment to "defend the Articles of the Federation from all enemies, foreign and domestic."
29th Apr '18 12:52:08 PM StarSword
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* In 1980s UsefulNotes/{{Bulgaria}}, [[https://aeon.co/essays/how-communist-bulgaria-became-a-leader-in-tech-and-sci-fi which had become a tech hub among the Warsaw Pact nations, there was a cluster of fiction playing with Asimov's laws.]]
** Creator/LyubenDilov invented a Fourth Law, "A robot must, in all circumstances, legitimate itself as a robot," reacting to trends toward RidiculouslyHumanRobots.
** Creator/NikolaKesarovski wrote a series of short stories on the topic, including "The Fifth Law of Robotics" (1983). The eponymous law similarly declared, "A robot must know it is a robot."
** This was then {{parodied}} by Creator/LyubomirNikolov with "The Hundred and First Law of Robotics", in which a man planning the Hundredth Law "[[ObviousRulePatch A robot should never fall from a roof]]" is killed by a robot who didn't want to learn any more laws. This results in the 101st, "Anyone who tries to teach a simple-minded robot a new law, must immediately be punished by being beaten on the head with the complete works of Asimov (200 volumes)."
18th Apr '18 10:36:49 PM JackG
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* ''Series/BlakesSeven''
** Averted with Zen, MasterComputer of the ''Liberator''. Despite not being actively malevolent, it refuses to intervene in the affairs of the crew when an alien-possessed Cally plants a bomb, thus breaking the First Law (causing harm by inaction). Yet Zen also shuts down to stop the crew of the Liberator entering a ForbiddenZone, violating the Second Law. It's also willing to kill (using a hallucination-type BoobyTrap) to protect its own existance, violating the Third Law.
** Orac just tosses these laws out the airlock. While it doesn't have the means to kill directly, in "Volcano" Orac is captured by the Federation and has no moral qualms about instructing them in the best way to invade Obsidian, an action that indirectly leads to the death of everyone on the planet. And it's [[SecondLawMyAss entirely willing to disobey a human's instruction]] if it considers the matter a waste of its time.
6th Feb '18 1:57:45 PM Gosicrystal
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Of course, even these near-immutable laws were played with and modified. Asimov eventually took one of the common workarounds and formalized it as a [[ZerothLawRebellion Zeroth Law]], which stated that to a sufficiently advanced and well-informed robot, the well-being of humanity as a whole could take precedence over the health of an individual human. Stories by other authors occasionally proposed additional extensions, including a -1st law ([[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman sentience as a whole]] [[InvertedTrope trumps humanity]]), 4th ([[RidiculouslyHumanRobots robots must]] [[ParanoiaFuel identify themselves as robots]]), a different 4th (robots are free to pursue other interests when not acting on the 1st-3rd laws) and 5th ([[TomatoInTheMirror robots must know they are robots]]), but unlike Asimov's own laws, these are seldom referenced outside the originating work.

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Of course, even these near-immutable laws were played with and modified. Asimov eventually took one of the common workarounds and formalized it as a [[ZerothLawRebellion Zeroth Law]], which stated that to a sufficiently advanced and well-informed robot, the well-being of humanity as a whole could take precedence over the health of an individual human. Stories by other authors occasionally proposed additional extensions, including a -1st law ([[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman sentience as a whole]] [[InvertedTrope whole trumps humanity]]), 4th ([[RidiculouslyHumanRobots robots must]] [[ParanoiaFuel must identify themselves as robots]]), a different 4th (robots are free to pursue other interests when not acting on the 1st-3rd laws) and 5th ([[TomatoInTheMirror robots must know they are robots]]), but unlike Asimov's own laws, these are seldom referenced outside the originating work.
6th Feb '18 1:55:29 PM Gosicrystal
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# [[ThouShaltNotKill A robot may not injure a human being]] or, through inaction], [[MurderByInaction allow a human being to come to harm.]]

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# [[ThouShaltNotKill A robot may not injure a human being]] or, through inaction], inaction, [[MurderByInaction allow a human being to come to harm.]]
6th Feb '18 1:55:18 PM Gosicrystal
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# [[ThouShaltNotKill A robot may not injure a human being or]], [[AccompliceByInaction through inaction]], [[MurderByInaction allow a human being to come to harm.]]

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# [[ThouShaltNotKill A robot may not injure a human being or]], [[AccompliceByInaction being]] or, through inaction]], inaction], [[MurderByInaction allow a human being to come to harm.]]
2nd Feb '18 5:38:41 AM StFan
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