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21st May '17 3:18:22 PM ErikModi
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* A trilogy of ''Aliens'' novels (novelizations of Dark Horse's comics) have a throwaway line about androids being programmed with "Asimov's Modified Laws," which replace "harm" with "kill." The explanation is that an android surgeon wouldn't be able to perform surgery, "harming" a human to save them from greater harm or death. Also played with in that the human Marine, Wilks, promises the android Marine, Bueller, that he won't kill any human guards. [[ILied Wilks promptly shoots the guards in the head while out of sight of Bueller]], [[BlatantLies then explains "I tried," when Bueller sees the bodies.]] Bueller just shrugs. . . they're already dead, he doesn't ''actually'' care about their fate. The Laws imprint ''behavior'', not ''morality''.
21st May '17 3:08:48 PM ErikModi
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* In ''Film/{{Aliens}}'', [[ArtificialHuman Bishop]] paraphrases the First Law as to why he would never kill people like [[ArtificialHuman Ash]] did in the first film. Ash was bound by the same restrictions, but just wasn't engineered as well. When he attacked Ripley he very rapidly went off the rails, presumably due to the conflicts between his safety programming and his orders from the company. Bishop lampshades this by saying the previous model robots were "always a bit twitchy".

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* In ''Film/{{Aliens}}'', [[ArtificialHuman Bishop]] paraphrases the First Law as to why he would never kill people like [[ArtificialHuman Ash]] did in the first film. Ash was bound by the same restrictions, but just wasn't engineered as well. When he attacked Ripley he very rapidly went off the rails, presumably due to the conflicts between his safety programming and his orders from the company. Bishop lampshades this by saying the previous model robots were "always were a bit twitchy".twitchy".
-->'''Bishop''': It's impossible for me to harm, or through omission of action allow to be harmed, a human being. Are you sure you don't want some cornbread?
5th May '17 11:10:39 PM Kazmahu
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* Humanity in ''VideoGame/GreyGoo'' have simplified the three rules into one overriding directive: "So others may live". As demonstrated by Singleton (an example of the Valiant-series robots made with this one law), it appears to work quite well. Not so much for the Pathfinder Probes (the titular GreyGoo), which are not only replicating well beyond specification, but have weaponized their previously-harmless configurations. [[spoiler:In a twist, the Pathfinder Probes are actually operating in full compliance with the three laws - they encountered [[GreaterScopeVillain the Shroud]], and determined that not doing anything would result in human deaths by inaction once the Shroud reached earth, and the only compliant course of action was to arm themselves to stop it. They're in conflict with the other factions in the game because they don't recognize the Beta as "human", and the human faction's units are unmanned robots designed long after the Probes were deployed, meaning they recognize neither as protected under the first law.]]
5th May '17 10:54:03 PM Kazmahu
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*** The line of dialog in the above spoiler was actually [[AmericanKirbyIsHardcore added for the English version]]. In the original Japanese, [[spoiler:Megaman is three-laws compliant and appears to ''crash'' when Wily calls him out on violating the first law. Bass just teleports Wily to safety while Megaman's rebooting.]]
27th Apr '17 1:20:07 AM X2X
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* ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' opens up with Dr. Light using a process that takes 30 years to complete to create a truly sentient robot (X) with these functions completely processed into its core, and thus actually working for once. Dr. Cain found X and tried to replicate (hence the name "Reploid", standing for "replica android") the process, but skipping the "taking 30 years programming" part. [[AIIsACrapShoot This...didn't turn out well.]]
** Although the Reploids eventually became the dominant race in the setting, and as their race 'grew' the problem was slowly resolved from '[[GoneHorriblyWrong goes horribly wrong]]' to 'actually works straight for a while then goes horribly wrong', then 'occasionally goes wrong now and then'. Eventually, the problem just kind of worked itself out as the Reploid creation developed.
** Shield Shellfish/Shieldner Sheldon from ''MegaManX6'' gives an interesting variation on this. All of ''X6'''s bosses are zombie Mavericks brought back to life by Gate. Usually they were destroyed by the Hunters for killing people and/or other crimes, but Sheldon was only declared a Maverick posthumously, for killing ''himself'', i.e. breaking the third law.
** Also the ending to ''VideoGame/MegaMan7'' is interesting here: After Mega Man destroys Wily's latest final boss machine, Wily begs for forgiveness once again. However, Mega Man starts charging up his blaster to kill Wily, so Wily calls the first law on him. [[spoiler: Mega Man's response: "I am more than a Robot!! Die Wily!!" Apparently Mega Man isn't Three-Laws Compliant, unless he's trying to apply [[ZerothLawRebellion Zeroth Law]]. [[StatusQuoIsGod (Then Bass warps in and saves Wily, if you were wondering.)]] ]]
** In the ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'' series, [[spoiler:Copy-X]] is at least somewhat Three-Laws Compliant. As a result, [[spoiler:Copy-X]] has to hold back against LaResistance since the Resistance leader Ciel is human [[spoiler:until ''Zero 3'', where Copy-X decided to attack in full force, trying to justify his actions by marking the Resistance as dangerous "extremists"]].

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* ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' ''VideoGame/{{Mega Man X|1}}'' opens up with Dr. Light using a process that takes 30 years to complete to create a truly sentient robot (X) with these functions completely processed into its core, and thus actually working for once. Dr. Cain found X and tried to replicate (hence the name "Reploid", "Reploid," standing for "replica android") the process, but skipping the "taking 30 years programming" part. [[AIIsACrapShoot This...[[AIIsACrapshoot This... didn't turn out well.]]
** Although the Reploids eventually became the dominant race in [[VideoGame/MegaManX the setting, setting]], and as their race 'grew' "grew" the problem was slowly resolved from '[[GoneHorriblyWrong goes horribly wrong]]' wrong]]" to 'actually works straight for a while then goes horribly wrong', then 'occasionally "occasionally goes wrong now and then'. then." Eventually, the problem just kind of worked itself out as the Reploid creation developed.
** Shield Shellfish/Shieldner Shield(ner) Sheldon from ''MegaManX6'' ''VideoGame/MegaManX6'' gives an interesting variation on this. All of ''X6'''s bosses are zombie Mavericks brought back to life by Gate. Usually they were destroyed by the Hunters for killing people and/or other crimes, but Sheldon was only declared a Maverick posthumously, for killing ''himself'', ''himself'' [[note]]as a result of Sheldon having to kill the Reploid he was assigned to protect after they went Maverick and shamefully feeling he failed his job as a bodyguard by the time the Hunters arrived on the scene to investigate the matter[[/note]], i.e. breaking the third law.
** Also the ending to ''VideoGame/MegaMan7'' is interesting here: After Mega Man destroys Wily's latest final boss machine, Wily begs for forgiveness once again. However, Mega Man starts charging up his blaster to kill Wily, so Wily calls the first law on him. [[spoiler: Mega [[spoiler:Mega Man's response: "I am more than a Robot!! Die Wily!!" Apparently Mega Man isn't Three-Laws Compliant, unless he's trying to apply [[ZerothLawRebellion Zeroth Law]]. [[StatusQuoIsGod (Then Bass warps in and saves Wily, if you were wondering.)]] ]]
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** In the ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'' series, [[spoiler:Copy-X]] is at least somewhat Three-Laws Compliant. As a result, [[spoiler:Copy-X]] has to hold back against LaResistance since the Resistance leader Ciel is human [[spoiler:until ''Zero 3'', where Copy-X decided to attack in full force, trying to justify his actions by marking the Resistance as dangerous "extremists"]]."extremists."]]



*** Later in ''Zero 4'' Dr. Weil, of all people, [[HannibalLecture states that, as a Reploid and a hero, Zero cannot harm Weil because he's a human that Zero has sworn to protect.]] Zero, however, just plain doesn't ''care''.
* [[BigBad Dr. Beruga]] of ''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.
* 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. See the ''Literature/HaloEvolutions'' example in "Literature" for an example of this.
* In ''RobotCity'', an adventure game based on Asimov's robots, the three laws are everywhere. A murder has been committed, and as one of two remaining humans in the city, the Amnesiac Protagonist is therefore a prime suspect. As it turns out, there is a robot in the city that is three-laws compliant and can still kill: it has had its definition of "human" narrowed down to s specific individual, verified by DNA scanner. Fortunately for the PC, he's a clone of that one person.

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*** Later in ''Zero 4'' Dr. Weil, of all people, [[HannibalLecture [[BreakThemByTalking states that, as a Reploid and a hero, Zero cannot harm Weil because he's a human that Zero has sworn to protect.]] protect]]. Zero, however, just plain doesn't ''care''.
* [[BigBad Dr. Beruga]] of ''VideoGame/{{Terranigma}}'' directly references all three laws, except his interpretation of the Zeroth Law rewrote "Humanity" are "Dr. Beruga", Beruga," meaning that any threat to his being was to be immediately terminated.
* In the ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' series, human [=AIs=] A.I.s 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=] A.I.s ''are'' capable of ignoring the three laws, given how many of them are used for military operations against other humans. See the ''Literature/HaloEvolutions'' example in "Literature" for an example of this.
* In ''RobotCity'', ''Robot City'', an adventure game based on Asimov's robots, the three laws are everywhere. A murder has been committed, and as one of two remaining humans in the city, the Amnesiac Protagonist is therefore a prime suspect. As it turns out, there is a robot in the city that is three-laws compliant and can still kill: it has had its definition of "human" narrowed down to s specific individual, verified by DNA scanner. Fortunately for the PC, he's a clone of that one person.
13th Apr '17 5:58:02 AM Thecommander236
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* Additional laws are often established to build upon the First Three Laws to prevent the ZerothLawRebellion. For instance, a robot must KNOW it's a robot in order for it to realize that the Laws apply to it. The most obvious example is "zeroth law" made by Asimov which states that robots can't hurt humanity as a whole. In other words, the needs of the many do NOT outweigh the needs of the few if the price is too steep. Sometimes, the Laws are modified. For example, the laws can include all sapient creatures instead of just humans. Modifications and additions can be read on the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Laws_of_Robotics other wiki.]]

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* Additional laws are often established to build upon the First Three Laws to prevent the ZerothLawRebellion. For instance, a robot must KNOW it's a robot in order for it to realize that the Laws apply to it. The most obvious example is the "zeroth law" made by Asimov which states that robots can't hurt humanity as a whole. In other words, the needs of the many do NOT outweigh the needs of the few if the price is too steep. Sometimes, the Laws are modified. For example, the laws can include all sapient creatures instead of just humans. Modifications and additions can be read on the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Laws_of_Robotics other wiki.]]



13th Apr '17 5:55:58 AM Thecommander236
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* Additional laws are often established to build upon the First Three Laws to prevent the ZerothLawRebellion. For instance, a robot must KNOW it's a robot in order for it to realize that the Laws apply to it. The most obvious example is "zeroth law" made by Asimov which states that robots can't hurt humanity as a whole. In other words, the needs of the many do NOT outweigh the needs of the few if the price is too steep. Sometimes, the Laws are modified. For example, the laws can include all sapient creatures instead of just humans. Modifications and additions can be read on the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Laws_of_Robotics other wiki.]]
6th Apr '17 5:45:26 PM arisboch
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** And another to teach robots to [[http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2010-06/3/research-stops-robots-stabbing-humans not stab humans]].

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** And another to teach robots to [[http://www.[[http://web.archive.org/web/20100605083747/http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2010-06/3/research-stops-robots-stabbing-humans not stab humans]].
3rd Apr '17 5:47:53 AM LadyJaneGrey
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** Also the ending to ''VideoGame/MegaMan7'' is interesting here: After Mega Man destroys Wily's latest final boss machine, Wily begs for forgiveness once again. However, Mega Man starts charging up his blaster to kill Wily, so Wily calls the first law on him. [[spoiler: Mega Man's response: "I am more than a Robot!! Die Wily!!" Apparently Mega Man isn't Three-Laws Compliant. [[StatusQuoIsGod (Then Bass warps in and saves Wily, if you were wondering.)]] ]]

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** Also the ending to ''VideoGame/MegaMan7'' is interesting here: After Mega Man destroys Wily's latest final boss machine, Wily begs for forgiveness once again. However, Mega Man starts charging up his blaster to kill Wily, so Wily calls the first law on him. [[spoiler: Mega Man's response: "I am more than a Robot!! Die Wily!!" Apparently Mega Man isn't Three-Laws Compliant.Compliant, unless he's trying to apply [[ZerothLawRebellion Zeroth Law]]. [[StatusQuoIsGod (Then Bass warps in and saves Wily, if you were wondering.)]] ]]
16th Mar '17 2:05:39 PM EDP
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* The Three Laws are a plot point in the ComicBook/MickeyMouseComicUniverse saga ''Darkenblot'':
** The first episode establishes that all the robot in Avangard City are three-laws compliant (to the point that eliminating the laws would mean rewriting the entire programming)-all robots including the police bots, who have to call human cops to actually perform arrests due the chance of harming the suspect. Being GenreSavvy, the people of Robopolis made sure the robots ''could'' have the compliance deactivated by the mayor in case of necessity, with the safety that they will have to obey to the highest authority available and the device kept in a well-guarded bulletproof display. Due the threat of the Phantom Blot threatening the ceremony for the renaming of the city in Robopolis with an army of non-compliant robots, the mayor deactivates the safeties and brings back the Panthers, a tougher but defective model of police robot... [[spoiler:[[JustAsPlanned Just as Phantom Blot wanted]], as he didn't actually have an army of robots but, having replaced the deputy mayor, he can now incapacitate the mayor and replace him as the highest authority available]].
** In the second episode the police has complemented the standard robots with a new model under the personal control of tough (and properly vetted) officer Neve, who can order them to arrest someone, but the others, and the normal robots, remain fully law-compliant. Later, however, Phantom Blot's new plan has the unexpected side-effect of making most robots go insane... Including their sensors, making them a danger as they don't recognize humans anymore.
** The third episode introduces the neurobots once used in Robotorama, Robopolis' predecessor destroyed by a volcano. Differently from Robopolis' robots, the neurobots were ''not'' three laws-compliant, but had an advanced learning AI to mature and learn the difference between good and evil from a human educator... That, as Mickey is quick to point out, could well educate them as evil minions.
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