Oscar Wilde famously said that "life imitates art more than art imitates life" and nowhere is that more true than in Science Fiction.

For over a century, Science Fiction films have featured killer robots, so perhaps it's not surprising that the idea that they might become reality terrifies uber-entrepreneur Elon Musk.

Fortunately, Science Fiction also might also hold the key to how humankind can avoid being destroyed: Issac Asimov's three laws of robotics:

  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 orders given 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.

Unfortunately, if the films below are any guide to future behavior, not every robot will be *entirely* law-abiding.

1. Golem (1915)

2. Maria (1927)

3. Gort (1951)

4. GOG (1954)

5. Robbie (1956)

6. Kronos (1957)

7. Talos (1963)

8. Daleks (1963)

9. Box (1976)

10. Cylons (1978)

11. Maximillian (1979)

12. T-800 Model 101 (1984)

13. Killbots (1986)

14. Ted (1997)

15. Squiddies (1999)

16. Ultron (2015)

17. Aida (2016)

Published on: Aug 21, 2017
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