Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics

As the founding president of Esterline Power Systems, businessman and physicist Mark Thek provides oversight to the company’s global manufacturing facilities located in America, France, India, Mexico, and China. During his career, Mark Thek has designed technologies for a variety of end users, including the aeronautics and space industries. His interest in physics and engineering extends to his free time as well, enjoying the work of Isaac Asimov especially.

A prolific science fiction writer, as well as a biochemistry professor, Isaac Asimov is recognized for creating The Three Laws of Robotics, the fictional safety features built into robots as a safeguard against harm to humans. The laws, also referred to as Asimov’s Laws, made their first appearance in 1942, in a story titled Runaround, which was published in the magazine Astounding Science Fiction. The three laws, shown below, are still discussed and debated today as robotics becomes more integrated into everyday life.

First Law: A robot may not injure a human being, or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.

Second Law: A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.

Third Law: A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.

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