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In the movie Automata, as explained, based on the 2nd directive robots cannot cause harm to humans. However, we later discover that the 2nd directive was overwritten by an intelligent robot that was able to modify a group of other robots to gain freedom and let them learn. When Wallace is killing the clocksmith robot, it clearly understands the intentions but does not fight back.

Why is that?

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In Automata, the 'Pilgrim' robots have to follow two directives:

  1. Cause no harm to any life form.
  2. Do not modify any robot (including self).

The robot known as the 'clocksmith' was free of the second rule, meaning it was free to upgrade itself and other robots. It was not free to harm life forms, human or not, despite the fact it was aware of what was happening to it.

  • Wouldn't then violation of directive two lead to unpredictable behaviour in regard to directive one? – eYe Jun 6 '16 at 19:11

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