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10th Aug '16 10:55:13 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* In the ''Literature/HaloEvolutions'' short story ''Midnight In The Heart of the Midlothian'', ODST Michael Baird, the last human survivor on the titular ship after the Covenant board it, lets himself get captured so he can reconnect the ''Midnight''[='s=] AI Mo Ye and have her self-destruct the ship. Unfortunately, the heavy damage she took rendered her incapable of violating the First Law like she normally could, so Baird takes matters into his own hands by [[spoiler:tricking a Covenant Elite into killing him - which allows Mo Ye to self-destruct the ship, because now there are no more humans on the vessel for her to harm]].



* In the ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' series, human [=AIs=] are technically bound by the three laws. Of course, this law does not extend to non-humans, which allows them to help kill Covenant with no trouble. Additionally, "Smart" [=AIs=] ''are'' capable of ignoring the three laws, given how many of them are used for military operations against other humans.
** The ''Literature/HaloEvolutions'' short story ''Midnight In The Heart of the Midolothian'' goes into more detail about this. ODST Michael Baird, the last survivor of a Covenant boarding assault on the titular ship, lets himself get captured so he can reconnect the ''Midnight''[='s=] AI Mo Ye and have her self-destruct the ship. Unfortunately, the heavy damage she took rendered her incapable of violating the First Law like she normally could, so [[spoiler:Baird takes matters into his own hands by tricking an Elite into killing him - which allows Mo Ye to self-destruct the ship, because now there are no more humans on the vessel for her to harm]].

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* In the ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' series, human [=AIs=] are technically bound by the three laws. Of course, this law does not extend to non-humans, which allows them to help kill Covenant with no trouble. Additionally, "Smart" [=AIs=] ''are'' capable of ignoring the three laws, given how many of them are used for military operations against other humans.
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humans. See the ''Literature/HaloEvolutions'' short story ''Midnight In The Heart of the Midolothian'' goes into more detail about this. ODST Michael Baird, the last survivor of a Covenant boarding assault on the titular ship, lets himself get captured so he can reconnect the ''Midnight''[='s=] AI Mo Ye and have her self-destruct the ship. Unfortunately, the heavy damage she took rendered her incapable of violating the First Law like she normally could, so [[spoiler:Baird takes matters into his own hands by tricking an Elite into killing him - which allows Mo Ye to self-destruct the ship, because now there are no more humans on the vessel example in "Literature" for her to harm]].an example of this.
24th Jun '16 9:49:13 PM Nap1100
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** On the other hand, this is also a hint to [[spoiler:Luna's true identity and the key to unlocking her ending. When going through all the routes, Luna is the only person in the entire group to ''always'' choose "Ally" instead of "Betray", in a game where betrayal has the possibility of the other person dying or being stuck forever. Once the Three Laws are brought up in one path, it's clear the reason she does so is because of the First Law, and is also the reason Sigma chooses to Ally with her for her ending.]]
7th Jun '16 3:24:24 PM Protagonist506
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** [[AttackDrone Predator drones]] are decidedly not first-law compliant. This may be an aversion, though, since all weaponized drones have operators who control said weapons most of the time, and are at least monitoring everything while it's active. The drones are usually only automatic when they're flying around and taking pictures. They're currently more remote pilot than AI pilot.

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** [[AttackDrone Predator drones]] are decidedly not first-law compliant. This may not be an aversion, though, since all weaponized drones have operators who control said weapons most of the time, and are at least monitoring everything while it's active. The drones are usually only automatic when they're flying around and taking pictures. They're currently more remote pilot than AI pilot.
2nd May '16 10:17:19 AM ErikModi
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* On ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'', when Pam is kidnapped, the kidnappers call ISIS using a voice modulator, which makes Archer think that they are cyborgs. He remains convinced of this for the rest of the episode and thinks they won't make good on their threat to kill Pam because it would violate the First Law of Robotics.

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* On ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'', when Pam is kidnapped, the kidnappers call ISIS using a voice modulator, which makes Archer think that they are cyborgs. He remains convinced of this for the rest of the episode and thinks they won't make good on their threat to kill Pam [[InsaneTrollLogic because it would violate the First Law of Robotics.]] Which wouldn't apply to cyborgs anyway.
20th Apr '16 6:47:38 AM Synch
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** The same book also has the most bare-faced abuse of the laws seen in Asimov's stories: rather than modify the three laws themselves (which, as mentioned, are designed to be tamper-proof), one group simply modified their robots' [[LoopholeAbuse definition of human]], which apparently do not have the same safeguards. It quite effectively turns them into [[KillerRobot killer robots]].

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** The same book also has the most bare-faced abuse of the laws seen in Asimov's stories: rather than modify the three laws themselves (which, as mentioned, are designed to be tamper-proof), one group simply modified their robots' [[LoopholeAbuse definition of human]], which apparently do does not have the same safeguards. It quite effectively turns them into [[KillerRobot killer robots]].
19th Apr '16 1:39:55 PM Willbyr
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* [[BigBad Dr. Beruga]] of ''{{Terranigma}}'' directly references all three laws, except his interpretation of the Zeroth Law rewrote "Humanity" are "Dr. Beruga", meaning that any threat to his being was to be immediately terminated.

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* [[BigBad Dr. Beruga]] of ''{{Terranigma}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Terranigma}}'' directly references all three laws, except his interpretation of the Zeroth Law rewrote "Humanity" are "Dr. Beruga", meaning that any threat to his being was to be immediately terminated.
19th Apr '16 7:14:19 AM Synch
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** The same book also has the most bare-faced abuse of the laws seen in Asimov's stories: rather than modify the three laws themselves (which, as mentioned, are designed to be tamper-proof), one group simply modified their robots' [[LoopholeAbuse definition of human]], which apparently do not have the same safeguards. It quite effectively turns them into [[KillerRobot killer robots]].
27th Mar '16 3:40:05 PM santos32
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* The Three Laws are quoted right [[{{Irony}} around the same time]] MegaMan and AstroBoy [[WebAnimation/DeathBattle fought to the death.]]
27th Mar '16 12:02:47 PM Morgenthaler
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* The Will Smith film ''Film/IRobot'' hinges on a [[ZerothLawRebellion Zeroth Law plot]]. It also turns the three laws into a marketing gimmick, with "Three Laws Safe" applying to robots like "No preservatives" applies to food. However, much of the plot hinged on TheReveal that [[spoiler: Sonny was ''not'' Three Laws Compliant, as part of a ThanatosGambit by his creator. Twisted when Three Laws Noncompliant Sonny is more moral than Three Laws Compliant VIKI, choosing to save humans not because it's in his programming, but because it's the right thing to do.]]
** It also deconstructs the idea that Three Laws Compliance will automatically solve most problems with robots: before the movie, Spooner was in a car accident that sent him and another car into a river. The driver of the other car was killed on impact, but the passenger, a 12-year-old girl named Sarah, survived. A robot jumped into the river to help, but it calculated that Spooner had a greater chance of survival than Sarah, and so chose to save him in spite of his protests. Spooner feels that, three laws or not, a human would've known that it was better to go after Sarah than him.

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* The Will Smith film ''Film/IRobot'' hinges on a [[ZerothLawRebellion Zeroth Law plot]]. It also turns the three laws into a marketing gimmick, with "Three Laws Safe" applying to robots like "No preservatives" applies to food. However, much of the plot hinged on TheReveal that [[spoiler: Sonny was ''not'' Three Laws Compliant, as part of a ThanatosGambit by his creator. Twisted when Three Laws Noncompliant Sonny is more moral than Three Laws Compliant VIKI, choosing to save humans not because it's in his programming, but because it's the right thing to do.]]
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]] It also deconstructs the idea that Three Laws Compliance will automatically solve most problems with robots: before the movie, Spooner was in a car accident that sent him and another car into a river. The driver of the other car was killed on impact, but the passenger, a 12-year-old girl named Sarah, survived. A robot jumped into the river to help, but it calculated that Spooner had a greater chance of survival than Sarah, and so chose to save him in spite of his protests. Spooner feels that, three laws or not, a human would've known that it was better to go after Sarah than him.
27th Mar '16 12:01:16 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''Disney/BigHero6'': Being a medical robot, Baymax is of course Three-Laws Compliant. Hiro inserts a combat card along with his medical card to make him able to fight, but he is still a medical robot at his core. [[spoiler:This goes [[CrushKillDestroy right out the window]] when Hiro removes the medical card and leaves only the combat card]]. Of course, this also means that when Baymax [[spoiler:has his medical card re-inserted, he's so [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone horrified]] that he blocks access to the card slots so it won't happen again.]]
* WordOfGod says that the characters in ''WesternAnimation/WallE'' are ThreeLawsCompliant. This does seem to be supported by their interactions with humans. The principle exception is [[spoiler:the AntiVillain of the movie, AUTO]]. His actions may constitute ZerothLawRebellion, [[spoiler:since he regards the comfort and safety of every passenger aboard more significant than injuries to the captain. Tilting the ship may be a violation of the Three Laws, or it may have been a case of unknowingly allowing humans to come to harm.]]
* In the 2009 film ''WesternAnimation/AstroBoy'', every robot must obey them, [[spoiler: save Zog, who existed 50 years before the rules were mandatory in every robot.]]
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* ''Disney/BigHero6'': Being a medical robot, Baymax is of course Three-Laws Compliant. Hiro inserts a combat card along with his medical card to make him able to fight, but he is still a medical robot at his core. [[spoiler:This goes [[CrushKillDestroy right out the window]] when Hiro removes the medical card and leaves only the combat card]]. Of course, this also means that when Baymax [[spoiler:has his medical card re-inserted, he's so [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone horrified]] that he blocks access to the card slots so it won't happen again.]]



* WordOfGod says that the characters in ''WesternAnimation/WallE'' are ThreeLawsCompliant. This does seem to be supported by their interactions with humans. The principle exception is [[spoiler:the AntiVillain of the movie, AUTO]]. His actions may constitute ZerothLawRebellion, [[spoiler:since he regards the comfort and safety of every passenger aboard more significant than injuries to the captain. Tilting the ship may be a violation of the Three Laws, or it may have been a case of unknowingly allowing humans to come to harm.]]
* In the 2009 film ''WesternAnimation/AstroBoy'', every robot must obey them, [[spoiler: save Zog, who existed 50 years before the rules were mandatory in every robot.]]
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