Help friend Andy

OK, we’re back, and this time it’s for real again! Our friends in BAT-2 will try to throw some light on the following problem concerning the famous ‘Three Laws of Robotics’:

‘In what order should a robot (like friend Andy in the picture) do these three things: protect itself, protect human beings, obey orders?’

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18 thoughts on “Help friend Andy

  1. dealif

    According with the three laws of robotics, of Isaac Asimov.
    Firstly, a robot might have done protect human beings, because the first laws say:” A robot must not harm a human or permit a human to be harmed”.
    Secondly, the robot must obey orders given by human, but he don’t must obey order for attack a human.
    Finally, the robot have protect itself.
    But, this doesn’t have to influence in the other laws of the robotic.

  2. CriStinuXiS

    All robots in this book “Bicentennial Man” have to obey 3 famous laws, the 3 laws of the robotics.

    1.-Firstly, “Protect human beings” (a robot must not harm a human or permit a human to be harmed).

    2.-Secondly, “obey orders” (a robot must obey any orders given by humans, except where these orders conflict with the firt law).

    3.-And the third law that robots must obey are “protect itself” (a robot must protect its own existence as long as this protection does not conflict with the first or second law.

  3. lluisillo

    A robot must obey the laws in that order:

    A robot may not harm 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 Law.

  4. lluisillo

    Could be in the future go to the supermarket to buy a robot? I will decide, for example, a chef robot or child minded robot? For that moment we have to be prepared. I hope it doesn’t come too soon! Our lives can be very diferent. I think they could be dangerous for our lives. However it thatthree laws, don’t go well. These super robots are so intelligent, that they are able to do whatever we say and they can think for themselves. For that reason, they can revolt against the human race. Really, _I think that robots can be harmful to us and they shouldn’t be invented.

    This comment belongs to Laura.

  5. sTeR_cat

    The robots are in most of things that we do daily, but we are talking about androids (robots who takes human appearence).

    I think that the three laws of Isaac Asimov are basics, we need this because if they dosn’t exist, the robots may will do a revolution against humans. For example, in the link, a part of the text, said that in Frankenstein the creature harm his creator because it weren’t the three laws.

    Finally, I had to say that the three laws were modified a lot of times, and they were applied in films, books and, probably, on the future.

  6. Bruno

    The three laws of robotics

    A robot must obey three laws, the three laws of robotics.
    The three laws that a robot must obey have an order of priority.

    The fist law say that a robot mustn’t harm a human, and a robot have to protect people to any dangers.This is the most important law because is very important the security of people.

    The second law say that a robot must all orders that a human order it, but it can’t obey orders that conflict with the first law.

    And the last law say that a robot must protect itself, except if his protection can to infringe the two fist laws.

    by: Sergi Quesada

  7. Anasp

    Hi teacher!

    In my opinion and leaving the Three Laws of Robotics, I think that this is a possible good order of the three things you asked in the blog:

    Firstly, if the robots have been invented it is because they serve to obey orders.Then, the first thing that a robot should do it is obey orders.

    Secondly, a robot must protect human beings. It is because people tell robots what to do. If a person wants to be protected only has to tell it to his robot. Then, the robot will obey because it is the first thing he should do.

    Finally, the last thing the robots must do it is protect itself. Nowadays, when a machine breaks, people do two things: one it is to buy another machine or to build it again. Then, it can be comparable with robots. If a robot breaks we only have to buy another robot or to buy the piece to rebuild it again. It’s simple because they are only machines, or not?

  8. angel

    Before starting to comment,I want to write a thing:
    I think that if robots could exist in a distant or soon future, they wouldn’t be necessary because there probably will be a lot of other inventions which could replace robots, and we wouldn’t have problems without robots.

    A robot should obey these laws in this order:

    Firstly, a robot may not harm a human or permit a human to be harmed by any other humans or things.

    Secondly, if this law doesn’t conflict with the first law, a robot must obey any orders from humans.

    For the last, a robot must protect itself if the law doesn’t conflict with the second or first law.

  9. Fasus

    1- A robot must not harm a human or permit a human to be harmed:
    A robot have to be a ” human protector”, because we can say that the human are its fathers, and the robots have its work, that consist on do the humans’ live “easy”.

    2- A robot must obey any orders given by humans, except where these orders conflict with the first law:
    All things that humans order to a robot they have to do it, but they can’t obey any order when this can make harm anybody,to obey the first law.

    3- A robot must protect its own existence as long as this protection does not conflict with the first or second law:
    Humans uses robots to do things or works that they don’t want to do and to protect their lives, but they haven’t to get his hand on its to harm the robot, because they protect himself too.

  10. Maxim_de_la_Orhei

    This sounds interesting but Robot laws and all that are really confusing. Seems that all the 2nd of bat is writing the same thing. In my opinion the inteligent robots are dangerous. We should invent them for using in dangerous tascks and not for dialy usage. In an program always can succeed an error, and then I don’t know what can happen but i am sure that the robot will confuse the laws.

  11. Taril

    Is possible that people read Frankenstein or others novels of this time and they afraid because in this novels the robots destroyed their creator.I think that this books raises very important questions,for example,could robots harm a humans beings?, could robots help to humans beings efficiently?, are dangerous a robots?.Because of this questions Isaac Asimov wrote the three laws of robotic.
    In the first law he wrote that a robot must not harm a humans beings or permit a humans beings to be harmed.
    In the second law Asimov told about obey orders,he wrote that a robot must obey any orders given by humans,except where such orders would conflict with the first law.
    Finally, in the third law he said that robot must protect itself if the law doesn´t conflict with the second or first law.

  12. dealif

    Bicentennial man and Artificial intelligence(A.I.) are two films more diferents.But the films are base in the realitonship robots-persons.

    The begin of films were: In Artificial intelligens is base in the future,because in the film can see a futurist car, and Bicentennial man is base in the new millenium(2000).
    In A.I. the robot like a person physicaly, and the other film not like a person.
    The welcom the robots in the two film are differents in Bicentennial man,the family like the idea of had a robot in home for help in homework.
    But in A.I. the wife not like the idea, because the robot itself like him died son.

  13. sTeR_cat

    There are a differences and things very similar between the Artificial Intelligence and the Bicentennial Man.

    First, the principal difference is than in the film the family had their son frozen, and a group of scientist decided to do an experiment with an android with the appearence of their son. In the book, the family bought a robot to make the homework basically.

    Another important difference is the family’s reaction. In Artificial Intelligence, the mother have a surprise, reject the android because it seems very real. On the other film, there are different reactions: the little girl was surprised and afraid, the other son wasn’t very confident, the mum appear nervous, and the dad satisfied.

  14. lluisillo

    I think that the films are very different.

    First the android in the Artificial Intelligence represents the frozen child. The other one, is a new ‘member’ of the family which only does the housework. Is normal that the reaction of the families are very different.

    Other big diference is the form that the android is presented to the family. In Artificial Intelligence arrives like a normal child. In the Bicentenal Man it arrives in a coffin.

  15. CriStinuXiS


    There are a lots of diferences and similities between the films Bicentennial Man and Artificial Intelligent (A.I)

    The clrear simility uf the films, is that the two films wants to realive somebody, in Artificial Intelligence is a boy, and Bicentennial Man is a Robot.

    Some of diferences, that I see in the films, are that in the film Artificial intelligence the woman realive to the boy, and in the Bicentennial Man there was all the family, the parents and two girls, the adolescencce and the little miss.

    Other diference between the films, is that in the film Artificial Intelligence, there are a machine and they introduice the information witch the boy recived. And in the film Bicentennial Man, teh information is inclueded in the robot.

    And finally, the other spectant and a big diference is the cars, in Artificial Intelligence, the cars are more desenvoloped than Bicentennial Man.

  16. Taril

    Hi people,
    When I saw the films of the novel by Isaac Asimov (bicentenniali man and Artificial Intelligence) I caould see a lots of differents.Is true that the two films talk about a history of Android but are diferents.
    One of the most important differences was the family´s reaction,in A.I when the mother saw a android she was very surprise and reject the android because is very real.In the other hand,in Bicentennial man the family had a differents reaction.
    Other difference was when the android arrived at home,in A.I. andorid arrived walking,while the bicentennial man arrive in a box.

  17. Bruno

    Differences and similarities between the Bicentennial Man and Artificial Intelligence.

    There are many differences and similarities between the Bicentennial Man and Artificial Intelligence. They are two movies that are based in the futuristic age and the robots coexist with the human beings.

    Firstly, in the movie Artificial Intelligence, the car that appears at the beginig of the movie, is more advanced technologically than car of the Bicentennial Man. Secondly, the house of the Bicentennial Man is older than house of Artificial intelligence. Third, the reaction of two families are different: in the Bicenntenial Man, the family remain surprised and a bit scared, but the woman of the Artificial Intelligence is scared and very angry, because the appearance of the child is diffecent of the robot, the child is more real than robot, the appearance look like human. Forth, the robot of Bicentennial Man learn things because it’s different of the other robots and Sir. theaches him, but the child of Artificial intelligence has own decision and think as a real child.

    On the other hand, two movies are very similar, they try to make a robot as a human.

    In conclusion, in two movies try demostrate that humans can be god, but it’s not possible, humans can’t create a robot as him.


  18. Anasp

    Hi teacher!

    Well, there are a lot of differences and some between these films.

    In Bicentennial Man the car of the family is more old than the other of A.I. Other difference is when the robot arrives at home, in Bicentennial Man all the family is waiting it, but in A.I. only there are two persons without child. The reaction of the family is similar: in Bicentennial Man the wife isn’t very confident and the little girl is a bit afraid, but in A.I. the wife is very angry and surprised.

    I think that an important difference is the situation of the two families. In Bicentennial Man the robot comes at home to help (housework, education of childs…), but in A.I. the robot comes to replace the real son. It is true, too, that in the two films the idea to bring at home a robot is from the husband.

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