The I, Robot movie adaptation aside, Isaac Asimov's works of fiction are among the most influential in science fiction. Now they may become influential in fact as well. In Japan, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry is prepared to enact new safety guidelines for robots, which will include a version of Asimov's First Law of Robotics.
In 1942, Asimov posited the existence of three laws that would govern robot-human relations:
1. A robot may not harm a human being, or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
2. A robot must obey the 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.
(From Wikipedia )
And all I have to say is: danger, Will Robinson, danger.
[via Engadget ]