Sunday, October 30, 2011

4 Sunday Best #18: Laws of Robotics

The Three Laws of Robotics are a set of rules devised by the science fiction author Isaac Asimov in his 1942 short story "Runaround".   The three laws are as follows:

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

2. A robot must obey the orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.

3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.

Prior to these three laws being created Robots were a menace to society.  Destroying entire city blocks, mass murders, pillaging and even stealing candy from babies.  It was through the creation of these laws that allowed Robots to lend a helping hand.  It's these week's "Sunday Best" that have best demonstrated the ability to help others.

Frontline Gamer sacrificed himself once he realized that he would not be able to meet the task at hand.  The result of not being able to complete the challenge would mean that one of three others would die.  Following the first law set out by his creator he gave up his spot in the House of Paincakes Idol contest so that three humans could live another day.

Old School Terminator is forced to obey the laws set out before, to promote those around him.  His selfless promotion of those who lurk in the dark recesses of the forums is a testament to his programming.  This week is no exception as he pushes the envelope by delving deeper than before by showcasing the work Morback of Le Blog De Kouzes.

Governed to protect his own existence and the identity of his troll face, Skarvald the Troll-faced, reached out to those in the blogging community for a lending hand.  Specifically he needed a hand with green stuffing for his new Warhammer Fantasy Ogre project.  Miniature Tim reached out to the Troll Face by offering up his skills, time and tutelage with some very-needed green stuff tutorials.  These two robots have embarked on journey togehter and 

Isaac Asimov himself saw his own existence in the world of sci-fiction in jeopardy during his early years and his internal programming stepped in ensure his survival.  Years later he explained the coding that saved his life "... one of the stock plots of science fiction was... robots were created and destroyed by their creator.  Knowledge has its dangers, yes, but is the response to be a retreat from knowledge? Or is knowledge to be used as itself a barrier to the dangers it brings? With all this in mind I began, in 1940, to write robot stories of my own – but robot stories of a new variety.  Never, never, was one of my robots to turn stupidly on his creator for no purpose but to demonstrate, for one more weary time, the crime and punishment of Faust." (Wikipedia)  Much like Asimov these three bloggers have a story of a new variety that begs to be shared.


  1. Cheers Panda, and all the best in the final. I just didn't think with me roimping away again with the votes in week 3, knowing that in week 4 my family would need it was fair to continue. Looking forward to reading all the articles.

  2. Glad all three of you enjoyed the post. I have been quite surprised at my ability each week to produce a theme top x. The concept of the theme has developed over time for Sunday Best and challenges me to find a link between the various post that have caught my attention. The only governing rule I try to apply is to stay away from the large known sites as they get enough publicity.

    As for my final entry in the House of Paincakes HoP Idol contest well I hope to use it as a means to show case a new game system that I am about to embark on.