2. Evolution, History, and Social Behavior: Our Wandering Road to the Modern Corporation

In his seminal novel I, Robot, Isaac Asimov spun tales of a future where humanoid robots were an integral part of our society. They cared for, worked with, and were controlled by humans. Robots had many different functions, but they all had one thing in common: the three laws of robotics.

These laws were designed to protect the robots’ human creators:

• A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.

• A robot must obey the orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.

• A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with ...

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