look + listen + learnthe 3 laws of robotics: by Isaac Asimov PhD

the classics
May 1, 2022


— contents —

~ background
~ the 3 laws of robotics
~ featurette

about | Isaac Asimov

His background as an author.

Isaac Asimov (January 2,1920 – April 6, 1992) was an American author and professor of biochemistry at Boston University. During his lifetime, Asimov was considered one of the Big 3 science fiction writers, along with Robert A. Heinlein and Arthur C. Clarke. A prolific writer, he wrote or edited more than 500 books. He also wrote an estimated 90,000 letters and postcards.Best known for his science fiction, Asimov also wrote mysteries and fantasy, as well as much non-fiction.

Asimov’s most famous work is the Foundation series — the first three books won the science fiction Hugo Award for “Best All-Time Series” in 1966.His other major series are the Galactic Empire series + the Robot series. Later, with Foundation and Earth (1986) he linked this distant future to the Robot stories, creating a unified future history for his stories. He also wrote over 380 short stories, including the social science fiction novelette Nightfall, that in 1964 was voted the best short science fiction story of all time by the Science Fiction Writers of America. Asimov wrote the Lucky Starr series of juvenile science fiction novels using the pen name Paul French.

Most of his popular science books explain concepts in a historical way. Examples include Guide to Science, the 3-volume Understanding Physics, and Asimov’s Chronology of Science + Discovery. He wrote on other science + non-science topics: such as chemistry, astronomy, math, history, and literary criticism.

Most dictionaries credit his science fiction writing for inventing the words robotics, positronic (an entirely fictional tech), and psychohistory ( a study of the human motivations that affect civilization’s history).

Isaac Asimov PhD describes his 3 laws of robotics:

~ 1st Law | A robot may not injure a human being, or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
~ 2nd Law | A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the 1st Law.
~ 3rd Law | A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or 2nd Law.