Rosenberg’s Laws of Robotics

Today’s Scenes From a Multiverse:

A tribute to Isaac Asimov.

From Wikipedia:

The Three Laws of Robotics (often shortened to The Three Laws or Three Laws) are a set of rules devised by the science fiction author Isaac Asimov. The rules were introduced in his 1942 short story “Runaround”, although they had been foreshadowed in a few earlier stories. The Three Laws are:

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

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

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

These form an organizing principle and unifying theme for Asimov’s robotic-based fiction, appearing in his Robot series, the stories linked to it, and his Lucky Starr series of young-adult fiction. The Laws are incorporated into almost all of the positronic robots appearing in his fiction, and cannot be bypassed, being intended as a safety feature. Many of Asimov’s robot-focused stories involve robots behaving in unusual and counter-intuitive ways as an unintended consequence of how the robot applies the Three Laws to the situation in which it finds itself. Other authors working in Asimov’s fictional universe have adopted them and references, often parodic, appear throughout science fiction as well as in other genres.

Rosenberg’s Second Law echoes the first rule of Fight Club:

The first rule of Fight Club is: You do not talk about Fight Club.

(The first rule of Fight Club has become the basis for a snowclone — “The first rule of X is that you do not/don’t talk about X” — discussed here.)

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