New Delhi: it seems like South Korea has decided that the future is plainly robotic.
By the year 2020, your domestic help would be a robot, claim scientists.
Alarmed by the sharp rise in robot numbers, the Korean government plans to make laws for them to protect humans from harm and robots from abuse.
So it is yet another example of science fiction becoming science fact.
Isaac Asimov proposed robotic laws more than 60 years ago.
"The government is establishing an ethical code for robots and robot users and manufacturers, and will seek for national consensus and define the technical and ethical limit for developing robots,” says Korea LL, Shim Hak-Bong.
Opponents of these laws claim they could hamper the development of advanced robots in the future.
But in a nation that splurges $80 million annually on robotic research and for a people addicted to what still are just cute gadgets - robotic laws could be vital - to keep peace between man and machine.