One: A robot may not injure a human being, or through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
Two: A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First law.
Three: A robot must protect it’s own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.
Isaac Asimov, Laws of Robotics from I. Robot, 1950
While I got a little Isaac Asimov in the post, I have to share some of his greatest quotes, I love this author to bits and if you want to read some great books, read his Foundation Trilogy. Found him when I was high on Sci-fi rush at 12 years old and was reading everything that said Sci-fi (some really crap ones as well) but Jack Vance and Isaac Asimov was top on my list back then and still are.
The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not ‘Eureka!’ (I found it!) but ‘That’s funny …’
Part of the inhumanity of the computer is that, once it is competently programmed and working smoothly, it is completely honest.
Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It’s the transition that’s troublesome.