Autómata Movie Has Only 2 Laws for Robots

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The basic story of Autómata is a neat spin on Asimov's robot stories. In the near future, there's been a disaster and most of the human race has been wiped out. We've built robots to help ourselves rebuild, and instead of Asimov's three laws, we've given them just two laws: 1) They can't harm a human. 2) They can't repair or upgrade themselves.

The second directive is the most important of all — because if robots can upgrade themselves, they'll evolve incredibly quickly, and within weeks they'll surpass human intelligence. And then we'll be screwed, even if they still obey the first directive.

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The movie begins when a human police officer finds a robot that's damaged, and it's repairing itself. Autómata opens today, October 10, 2014. Read more at i09 . . .


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