The Robot Laws

- Isaac Asimov proposed three "Laws of Robotics", and he later added a 'zeroth law' -

The Original Laws of Robotics

(The Calvinian religion)

The Zeroth Law

(The Giskardian Reformation)

The Original first three Laws are found in "Handbook of Robotics" 56th edition, 2058 A.D. Named after robopsychologist Dr. Susan Calvin at U.S. Robots. - born 1982 A.D.
The Zeroth Law is sometimes mentioned as the Giskardian reformation - after R. Giscard Reventlow who helped R.Deneel develop the zeroth law. Giscard the legendary, first of the mentalic robots, capable and willing to guide humans, nudging and shifting their thoughts and memories...for their own good.

Sometimes the laws are stated slightly different. For completeness such an equivalent formulation follows below :

The Robot Laws

  • Law Zero: A robot may not injure humanity, or, through inaction, allow humanity to come to harm.
  • Law One: A robot may not injure a human being, or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm, unless this would violate a higher order law.
  • Law Two: A robot must obey orders given it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with a higher order law.
  • Law Three: A robot must protect its own existance as long as such protection does not conflict with a higher order law.



Simon Laub