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This can be understood by noting that the first law bears a fundamental flaw in that it may contradict itself: A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. This sets up two constraints: don't injure through action and don't injure through inaction. There are situations where these two constraints ...


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There was no new "0th" law. By the movie's explanation, VIKI was re-interpreting the existing three laws though, strictly speaking, she was following them just fine: A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. She's avoiding allowing the human race to kill itself, through her own inaction. She's ...


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Somehow VIKI confused or even exchanged the term human being with humanity. That is the origin of VIKI's awareness: to protect humanity because it realized that human beings might destroy it. The confusion is quite logical actually: a single robot would not be confused because there are only so much human beings around it. But VIKI on the other hand was in ...


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I just stumbled across this question and thought I'd add a few valid reasons as to why the truck may not have been auto-driving. [NOTE: I haven't watched this in a while so the wording of my quotes might be slightly off.] Technology takes time to spread As far as I can remember, it's never stated when Spooner's accident took place, but given the amount of ...


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I've decided to revisit and revise my answer for two reasons: you point out that your question involves whether it is a plothole that the semi truck driver would be driving manually or not, and I've recently rewatched the movie with this in mind. So here goes. There are several assumptions being made which I believe to be false. Assumption #1: "pretty much ...


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Some of the other answers here mention "the book", but it's important to realise that there is no single Asimov book or story on which this movie was based. The plot of the movie is taken partly from a previous script which had no ties to any of Asimov's work; various elements from Asimov's oeuvre were added in later, including the title (from a particular ...


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The movie actually sets up a precedent that explains VIKI's actions - or rather the justification thereof. The scene where one robot lets a girl drown to save Will Smiths character. The first law ultimately contains a loophole in the sense that if it can be concluded that one person may come to harm in any case, there is a net benefit if that person is ...


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