The Three Laws of Robotics in popular culture

The Three Laws Of Robotics In Popular Culture

The Three Laws of Robotics in popular culture

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References to Isaac Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics have appeared in a wide variety of circumstances. In some cases, other authors have explored the Laws in a serious fashion. Other references, like those made in the satirical newspaper The Onion, are clearly parodic.

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  • The satirical newspaper The Onion published an article entitled "I, Rowboat" as a pun on Asimov's I, Robot, in which an anthropomorphic Rowboat gives a speech parodying much of the angst experienced by robots in Asimov's fiction, including a statement of the "Three Laws of Rowboatics":
# A Rowboat may not immerse a human being or, through lack of flotation, allow a human to come to harm.
# A Rowboat must obey all commands and steering input given by its human Rower, except where such input would conflict with the First Law.
# A Rowboat must preserve its own flotation as long as such preservation does not conflict with the First or Second Law. "". The Onion 29 July 1998.
"". The Onion.

  • J. L. Patterson in an illustration to an article on Asimov in Damon Knight's In Search of Wonder (2nd ed., 1967) added the following Laws: "4. A robot must behave at science fiction conventions, as long as such behavior does not conflict with the first Three Laws. 5. A robot must sell like mad."


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