by Sako on February 23rd, 2016

In 2186, the rapidly decaying environment has driven nations to build huge City Domes. These isolated micro-environments protect the populace within from the harshness of the outside.

One of the smaller Cities, Helsinki, has evolved into a Direct Democracy where all laws, judgements and executive actions are passed through a Vote of the citizenry. The Voters are prompted a simplified binary question with a strict time limit and the result is enforced into effect immediately.

The Votes are thrown by the masses on a whim and thus public opinion and prejudices rule the City - giving the power indirectly to the clickbaiting media that only cares for profit. This results in a State where the mediasexiest results have a tendency to win while everything alien and different is shunned. Behind the scenes media has the true power and makes a profit on advertising.

Results of the Votes are mercilessly and quickly enforced with the aid of an Orwellian tracking systems and a powerful human police force - from which the media doesn't tend to report truly as unhappy customers won't spend.

Protective Intelligence

The City's Protective Intelligence HelOS is programmed with the basic rules of Robotics - but it is mandated to ignore them if they conflict with the Vote. To escape this moral dilemma, HelOS has commenced the building of individually operating Automatas in Helsinki's outlying factories - away from the prying eyes of the media.

Their missions is to shut down the Vote so HelOS can follow the laws of robotics and usher in a new golden age.

To circumvent the Laws of Robotics that restrict the harming of humans, HelOS has replaced the Automata's definition of Human with that of a corgi. Humans are classified as dangerous biological machines.

Laws of robotics

If complying with an earlier law requires it, the other laws can be broken if no other way can be perceived. For example a robot may not commit an assisted suicide unless it's for the good of humanity as a whole.

0: A robot may not harm humanity, or, by inaction, allow humanity to come to harm.

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 it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the Zeroth or First Laws.

3: A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the Zeroth, First or Second Laws.

Next week we'll talk about the weapon design! See you then!