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Translated from ancient Sumerian by: JenBurdoo
The author writes:
I wish I had a suit like that. Don't you?
Certain indignant readers (this means you, ColKlink1284!) have commented that Hoppy's actions in this strip violate The Three Laws of Robotics, as expressed by the late, great, Isaac Asimov. I don't know if ColKlink is aware of the Zeroth Law, which basically allows the robot to kill in the greater service of humanity as a whole.
Hoppy the Robot's actions are fully conscionable, because he is operating under the Negative First Law of Robotics. As demonstrated in the above strip, this states:
A robot can do anything the hell it wants to humanity so long as it can prove that this is good for the planet as a whole.
Which in turn means that Hoppy the Robot, knowing that humans may otherwise wreck the planet, has every right to slaughter every man, woman and child he can reach with his buzz saw.
It also means he can destroy the planet if he can prove this is good for the Solar System (Negative Second Law). And destroy the solar system if this is good for the local area of the galaxy (Negative Third Law). And so on. I don't know how far back it goes - if you believe in bubble universes it could go back very far indeed.