13 years ago this weekend, the neo-noir dystopian science fiction action film, i, ROBOT, starring Will Smith, was released to audiences worldwide. The blockbuster film featured a screenplay based on a series of short stories of the same name by science fiction author, Isaac Asimov. Asimov laid out a series of rules governing the behavior of robots and used his magnificent storytelling to explore the implications of robots on our the lifestyle and survival of our own species.
Here are Asimov's 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 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 Law.
It's hard to fathom that it's only taken a little over a decade for these concepts to advance from Hollywood entertainment to legitimately growing concerns, as evinced by cautionary remarks of some of the leading technologists in present day. As we speak, Elon Musk is working on a plan to plant computers in human brains in order to prevent an AI robot uprising.