Tilden's Laws of Robotics

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Mark W. Tilden is a notable robotics physicist who was a pioneer in developing simple robotics[1] Mark W. Tilden's three guiding principles/rules for robots are:[2][3][4]

  1. A robot must protect its existence at all costs.
  2. A robot must obtain and maintain access to its own power source.
  3. A robot must continually search for better power sources.

In Wired magazine, Tilden paraphrased this as

  1. Protect thine ass.
  2. Feed thine ass.
  3. Look for better real estate.

What is notable in these three rules is that these are basically rules for "wild" life, so in essence what Tilden stated is that what he wanted was "proctoring a silicon species into sentience, but with full control over the specs. Not plant. Not animal. Something else."[5]


  1. ^ Hapgood, Fred. Wired http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/2.09/tilden.html?pg=1&topic= |url= missing title (help). 
  2. ^ Ashley Dunn. "Machine Intelligence, Part II:From Bumper Cars to Electronic Minds" The New York Times 5 June 1996. Retrieved 26 July 2009.
  3. ^ Hapgood, Fred (September 1994), "Chaotic Robotics", Wired (2.09) 
  4. ^ makezine.com: A Beginner's Guide to BEAM (Most of the article is subscription-only content.)
  5. ^ Hapgood, Fred. Wired http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/2.09/tilden.html?pg=2&topic= |url= missing title (help). 

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