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Robots in the form of humans so realistic that you can’t tell man and machine apart, just like the Terminator movies: Robots that have risen against humans and now threaten our very existence. Or like what we see in the Transformers movies: Robots that can transform their bodies into cars, or other machines to cooperate with humans, or fight them.

A rather realistic view of what effect robots may have on our future is seen in the movie “I, Robot”. The movie is based on a short story of the same name by Isaac Asimov. It is 2035; humans and humanoid robots live peacefully together. There are three rules for robots that guarantee the safety of humans and that robots will never rebel against their creators. These rules state:

  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 the 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 Laws.

But then, there are signs of a robot breaking these rules, and to avoid chaos, a police detective is assigned to solve the case.

You might think that these ideas sound far-fetched, unrealistic and fictional. And you are probably right, but not for much longer. Although we have yet to put together a robot with such extraordinary abilities, we have taken giant steps toward achieving such goals.