The Fifth Law

Webcomic Storyline: 

Old Skool Webcomic, by Christopher B. Wright

Comic Transcript: 

A: Today we're going to talk about the Five Laws of Robotics.

B: Three.

A: Five.

B: There are only three laws of robotics.

A: Prove it.

B: ... fine. "A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm."

A: That's the first. Go on.

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

A: And that's the second! Three more to go!

B: Cut it out! "A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law."

A: And that's the third!

B: And there are no more!

A: No, you're forgetting the Zeroth Law: "A robot may not harm humanity, or, by inaction, allow humanity to come to harm."

B: The Zeroth Law is arguable, but even if you include it, it's still only four.

A: The Fifth law is "Eventually a programming error will turn all robots into merciless killing machines intent on destroying humanity."


A: I saw it in a movie once. Twice. A lot.


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Yay! New OSW! You know that makes me happy! *dances a little dance*


Comment above captures my feelings perfectly!

Excellent Work

I've missed A and B - nice one!
Also a small typo in the transcript - move instead of movie.

Thanks for catching that.

Fixed now.

Writer, former musician, occasional cartoonist, and noted authority on his own opinions.

Nit picking

Technically that fifth laws is about story arcs, not robots.