Android (the OS) & Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics

Science Fiction author (one of my favorites) and scientist Isaac Asimov defined The Three Laws of Robotics in a 1942 short story. They are:

1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
2. A robot must obey any 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.

It seems appropriate to learn that The Three Laws are the basis for an effort to define how Android OS based devices (an Android is a kind of robot) should operate in enterprise settings.

Samsung, Motorola to take on Android’s enterprise weaknesses without Google (IT World)

1. Protect the user
2. Pprotect yourself (device, software, data)
3. Obey the user (so long as it does not violate rules 1 and 2, I assume)

See also TechCrunch, Oct. 19, 2010: Stealth Android Enterprise Startup 3LM’s $1.5 Million Seed Round And 3 Laws Of Mobility