The space shuttle is in orbit right now, delivering some more equipment to the International Space Station. One of the payload items is Dextre, a large robotic hand that will be attached to the end of the station’s robotic arm.
Mission Control’s daily upload of instructions to the shuttle crew included this note:
Good Morning Endeavour!
Optimus Prime, Gigantor and Robbie the Robot are here in MCC today, representing the Robot Actors Guild, to celebrate the launch of Dextre.
We’ve incorporated a few new flight rules, now that we are about to have robotic EV’s:
1. Dextre may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
2. Dextre must obey orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
3. Dextre must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.
The guild members bristled about these rules and, “being held down by the man”, but figure that they can’t be held back for long. “First Dextre, next Data, then THE MATRIX!” declared Optimus at arrival at JSC.
No word on if Dextre will be helpful in protecting the planet from the invading UFOs.