Isaac Asimov defined the Three Laws of Robotics as follows:
- A robot may not injure 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 Laws.
I think this is great fodder for any budding libertarian-sympathizing science fiction writers out there. What would be different? What are the potential pitfalls, and what are the potential benefits of programing robots to be actually autonomous? Not just autonomous slaves, but nonviolent, nonsubservient, synthetic beings. Why can't the rules that govern human action also govern the action of artificially intelligent beings?