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"Don't you have some kind of operating systems program that orders you to attempt to preserve the lives of intelligent beings whenever you can?"
"Yes, sir, that programming is included with all astromech droids. For a droid to deliberately harm or fail to prevent harm to a sentient being, its operating system module must be altered.
"
Han Solo and an R2-series astromech droid

Life preservation programming, or LPP, was a deeply embedded series of commands required by law for every droid manufactured in the Galactic Empire, and earlier, the Old Republic.

LPP subroutines functioned as a final stop against behavior that would lead to harming an organic. LPP functioned independently of restraining bolts or other additional devices. They were not a 100 percent effective safeguard, but the likelihood of a droid going rogue was greatly lessened with sophisticated LPP. Manufacturing or selling a droid without life preservation programming was illegal without special government dispensation, but enforcement was lax in the Outer Rim.

Behind the scenes

Although the subroutines are not explicitly spelled out in the source material, LPP is the rough equivalent of Isaac Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics, the first of which prevents robots from harming, or by inaction, allowing harm to come to a human being.

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This article uses material from the "Life preservation programming" article on the Starwars wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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