30 Things I’ve learnt – Part XVIII

Less of a lesson learnt, as an observation today. A posturing on (once again, someone else’s) ideas.

Isaac Asimov may not have been thinking about robots

Here are his Three Laws of Robotics:

  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

Now, imagine if these were actually written for humans. We’ll have to amend the second, slightly, as we can’t all take orders from one another all the time.

  1. A human may not injure another human being or, through inaction, allow another human being to come to harm, physically or mentally.
  2. A human must help other human beings, except where doing so would conflict with the First Law.
  3. A human must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws

Imagine if we all lived in this way. We don’t cause harm to others, we help whenever we can, and we look after our own wellbeing.

Wouldn’t that be nice…

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