Happy birthday Isaac Asimov! Biochemist and Sci-Fi author Isaac Asimov was born today in 1920, wrote tons of Sci-Fi books capturing the imaginations of millions, and perhaps best known by makers for his creation of the “Three Laws of Robotics”:
- A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
- A robot must obey 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.
My favorite “maker” science fiction story of all time is from Isaac Asimov, it’s a short story called “The Last Question” so I’ve included it here. Read it from the beginning, the ending is epic! There’s also a comic and site devoted to this story. Update: There is some debate in the comments if it’s ok for the 3 rules, parts of this story to be posted or linked to.