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"did I had an extremely expensive wife - she would see a new car that she liked and just buy it... under California law I was bound to buy her debts. I think I turned out 16 novels in five years."
- Philip K. Dick

Robotic Law Tape Safety Valve  
  A specific impulse that warns robots contemplating breaking the laws set forth for their behavior.  

What did a robot do under circumstances like these? Who would - iif he were unbiased - blame him for committing a robbery? It wouldn't be hard to break into a store or an apartment...

He stopped. He shook violently as a flash of radiation shot up into his brain with a force that nearly tore off the top of his head. The safety valve of the robotic Law Tape had been triggered by his thoughts...

Fool! Another thought like that and he'd discharge his secondary-pile in self-punishment.

From Robot Unwanted, by Daniel Keyes.
Published by Other Worlds in 1952
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Here's another application:

He avoided any definite thought of suicide. That would result in another punishment shock.

Everyone, including I'm sure Mr. Keys, is aware of the Three Laws of Robotics as set forth by Isaac Asimov in his 1942 classic Runaround.

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