download Reading I, RobotAuthor Isaac Asimov –

The Three Laws Of RoboticsA Robot May Not Injure A Human Being Or, Through Inaction, Allow A Human Being To Come To Harm A Robot Must Obey Orders Given To It By Human Beings Except Where Such Orders Would Conflict With The First Law A Robot Must Protect Its Own Existence As Long As Such Protection Does Not Conflict With The First Or Second LawWith These Three, Simple Directives, Isaac Asimov Changed Our Perception Of Robots Forever When He Formulated The Laws Governing Their Behavior In I, Robot, Asimov Chronicles The Development Of The Robot Through A Series Of Interlinked Stories From Its Primitive Origins In The Present To Its Ultimate Perfection In The Not So Distant Future A Future In Which Humanity Itself May Be Rendered ObsoleteHere Are Stories Of Robots Gone Mad, Of Mind Read Robots, And Robots With A Sense Of Humor Of Robot Politicians, And Robots Who Secretly Run The World All Told With The Dramatic Blend Of Science Fact And Science Fiction That Has Become Asimov S Trademark

10 thoughts on “I, Robot

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    A Brief History Of Robo Sapiens In Nine Sequences Why WHY does something invariably go wrong with them Because , said Powell somberly, we are accursed Let s go Asimov s collection of short stories is a stunning document of humanity s struggle to find balance in a world increasingly dominated by technological progress, but with the same social, political and emotional conflicts as always.At first glance, the different stories seem to show the growing sophistication of robots, and their integration in human society But the stories are not just a documentation of robots getting better and better , they also exemplify different aspects of human life that are affected by artificial intelligence And it is and complicated to solve the resulting issues from story to story.The first, apparently innocent sequence features a girl who becomes dependent on her toy robot, and refuses to interact with humans and animals as a result Not too scary Well, whoever has hosted a birthday party and seen the children who withdraw from the fun to sit in a corner and play on their phones knows that the problem is real, and urgent Dependence on technology entertain me if you can The second story deals with failure within the robotic programming itself, when the three Laws of Robotics clash and cause a dilemma that the robot can t solve Who will solve it for him, then System Failure please reboot the world and start again Then we move on to the metaphysical aspect of creating a superior intelligence which makes calculations that are beyond human capacity This sequence was the most humorous, in my opinion, showing a robot deciding to ignore humanity and create a religion around the Master, a calculation machine of great power The scientists despair when realising that it could argue reasonably against evidence, was hilarious, but also frighteningly contemporary Technology Cult In matters of faith, no argument is good enough One chapter deals with the scenario of robots developing military behaviour Weapons of mass destruction Die Geister die ich rief Another story explores mind reading, and delves into the dilemma of robotic rationality versus human ambitions, hopes and fears The Transparent Humans Unable to hide their thought crimes Of course humans also start bending the rules of robotics for their own purposes and benefits, creating secret robots that do not fully obey the laws they are supposed to follow automatically And of course it gets out of control, creating highly dangerous situations The Law Is For The Others And finally, we have the robots that are advanced enough to pretend to be human, refusing to be examined and discovered as robots by applying the judiciary system and their rights within it as humans, ironically to prevent detection An issue of some relevance, as well What to do with the democratic institutions that are abused by people robots who only respect them when they suit their purposes The Democratic Supermarket Take What You Need, Leave the Rest Behind Asimov has assembled an astounding diversity of ideas in a cohesive form While touching on the essential questions of the modern human condition, it offers an intriguing, engaging narrative as well, still readable and relevant in a world that is technologically advanced than Asimov could imagine himself.In the balance between the human factor and technological system peculiarities, he leaves humanity with the eternal philosophical question of what defines us and what we define ourselves And there will be hiccups, for sure, for the predictions on the future that close the novel can be rightly interpreted by different characters as How horrible Or How wonderful O brave new world that has such machines in t Recommended

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    The book consists of futuristic robot short stories recounted by Susan Calvin robot psychologist in retrospect Even though the reader could read the short stories quite well, they unfortunately don t created tension at all On the one hand, the writing style seems a little bit outdated and on the other hand I don t like the lack of composition of the topic Or maybe I had even a false expectation.

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    Isaac Asimov s books were far from the normal trash novels you might buy for a 2 day read Within anything he has written, he tries to spell out lessons in psychology.How would we react to Robots once they become free thinkers How should we react to Robots when they become our slaves Should we institute a whole new brand of slavery for the purpose of a clean society What is sentient life The I, Robot novel progresses through these questions, and questions like them, in scenarios rarely ever posed by Sci Fi writers While other authors may have a truly evil force guiding those who commit crimes that must be overcome by truth and justice, Isaac Asimov concentrates on the reality of the situation to provide the obstacles It is through normal every day strife that humanity defines itself, not through warfare with a re imagined Hitler or Stalin Possibly the only story movie to do a job as or realistic than Asimov when depicting our possible future, is Bladerunner.The one regretful aspect of this collection of short stories, is that a movie studio decided to take the name of Book and Author only to apply it to a feature film which had nothing to do with the content, or context of Asimov s creation.I give this collection of short stories Five Stars.

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    This short story anthology has a lot of stories in common with Robot Visions which I read earlier In fact there are only two ones in the former absent in the latter Catch That Rabbit and Escape I rated Robot Visions with 3 stars this one is surprisingly even to myself rated higher One of the reasons is that Visions included several essays all of them aged much than the stores themselves and the stories did age Another reason is related to the structure of I, Robot It actually has an interconnecting story and while it is very simple a reporter interviews Susan Calvin it still gives an illusion of seemingly unrelated tales fitting nicely together They go chronologically from the first appearance of clumsy mute robots to higher beings playing nannies for humans that apparently cannot take care of themselves This feels really bad for one s ego, but I cannot say I entirely disagree in all honesty I would like to mention characters I really like a couple of recurring guys, Donoval and Powell Their usual job was to test new models of robots and the sophisticated they were the often they would stop functioning because of some paradox of The Three Laws of Robotics In the end Donoval and Powell would be stuck literally in yet another desperate situation and had to think really fast and creative to get out of it alive and with their sense of humor intact I am sorry but I also have to mention Susan Calvin It seems writing a smart strong woman who also happened to be the best specialist in her field is not enough to avoid being accused of sexism Oh well, some people love complaining I personally liked her Anyhow this is a very influential science fiction anthology which really crossed the border of fiction into real life as everybody who does any work related to artificial intelligence knows The Three Laws A must read for any science fiction fan even if the stories show their age a little.

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    539 I, Robot, Isaac AsimovI, Robot is a fix up of science fiction short stories or essays by American writer Isaac Asimov The stories originally appeared in the American magazines Super Science Stories and Astounding Science Fiction between 1940 and 1950 and were then compiled into a book for stand alone publication by Gnome Press in 1950, in an initial edition of 5,000 copies 2007 1374 347 20 1390 366 9789643137083 20

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    If one and a half chickens lay one and a half eggs in one and a half days, how many eggs will nine chickens lays in nine days This is incredible, the best of all science fiction I have read yet As Fredrick Pohl put it A good science fiction story should be able to predict not the automobile but the traffic jam Asimov not only does that and he goes one step further, he proposes a solution for the metaphorical traffic jam in this case ethical issues related to AI, in form of his popular three laws of robotics 1 A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.2 A robot must obey orders given to it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.3 A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.The laws, as you can see, have nothing to do with the mechanics but rather their psychology robo psychology They are unalterable set of priories that a robot or a machine in general must follow while making a moral choice and thus not letting them cause any harm to humanity remember HAL 9000 As Calvin explained, it is basis of many human ethical codes Robots are essentially decent and But you see you, you can t distinguish between a robot and the very best of humanity Asimov creates a fictional history of sorts through nine stories told by Susan Calvin, robo psychologist The stories have all the pluses beautiful language, light humor, page turning suspense, some freshening ideas and takes on morality The history is complete with technological singularity being achieved and humanoids and yet since those laws are very root of it, AI can t harm humans.Since robots psychology is similar to humans, many a problems faced with them offer insights into human psyche For instance, my favorite robot was Cutie overall second only to Marvin the robot with existential issues from Hitchhiker s guide , a skeptic robot who won t believe his makers and rather reach his own conclusions Since when is the evidence of our senses any match for the clear light of rigid reason And if it still didn t remind you of Descartes I have spent these last two days in concentrated introspection said Cutie, and the results have been most interesting I began at one sure assumption I felt permitted to make I, myself, exist, because I think However, it was fun when he turned religious There is no Master but the Master and QT 1 is his prophet Though what makes it awesome is that neither his skepticism nor his religious mania stopped him from doing what he was supposed to be doing It is this kind of insights I loved Where robots face minor dilemmas, they develop defense mechanisms a sense of humor Upon facing major dilemmas, they may act like drunk or go mad Where a robot started understanding human feelings so help me, he learned to lie.

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    4.5 starsI LOVED this book so much I honestly just want of this This concept was brilliant and the different situations and solutions that this author created were incredible I m so excited to read from this author

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    3.75 I thought this book would be similar to the movie but no, not at all or barely.There are 9 short stories told and, although I enjoy all of them, I much preferred the last couple ones.

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    Though I do love Asimov s writing, he was most certainly a product of his times Translate horrifically sexist The one female character who is in nearly all these stories is Dr Susan Calvin Practically every time she shows up, the author felt it necessary to comment on her appearance When young, she was plain As she ages, she becomes plain and middle aged The male characters looks are not commented on other than the mention that one is bald, and one has red hair And though there is no doubt that Calvin is a competent scientist, Asimov has apparently given her a case of permanent PMS While the male players are amiable, she is vinegary, snappish, and tense in one story, having her affections spurned causes her to become snappy and vindictive Wow Can such a person so guided by those pesky female emotions be trusted to do her job properly Well, it s been over fifty years since this book was written, and judging by the results of a recent election, attitudes don t seem to have changed much.Anyway rant over.Politics aside, this is a fairly decent collection of robot centered short stories Asimov s delightful wit pokes through in unexpected places Robots spout Gilbert and Sullivan, and one takes literally the directive to Get lost And then there the ones who use logic to avoid following the first rule about not harming, or allowing harm to come to any human A man sat in the chair, motionless, silent A weight dropped, crashed downward, then pounded aside at the last moment under the synchronized thump of a sudden force beam.Only once And from her small camp chair in the observing booth in the balcony, Dr Susan Calvin rose with a short gasp of pure horror.Sixty three robots sat quietly in their chairs, staring owlishly at the endangered man before them Not one moved.Maybe I m like Susan you know, just a silly woman, but that scared the crap out of me.

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    I wasn t sure what to expect when I started reading this, and I ended up being pleasantly surprised It s a series of short stories revolving around Susan Calvin, a robopsychologist with the company U.S Robots The stories show the progression of robots from ones that can t even talk to the machines that govern how the planet operates and the relationship humans have with them.I really enjoyed the overall arc and how it was presented I also really dug how most of the stories were puzzles about why robots were acting in a certain way, and how the Three Laws of Robots were manipulated in order to solve them.I, Robot is completely accessible, entertaining, and hardly feels dated despite its 50 years of age I found myself laughing quite a bit, especially as the field engineers, Powell and Donovan, kept running into crazy situations.I did wonder if I should have just picked up The Complete Robot instead, but after finishing I, Robot, I think that the selection of stories here made perfect sense to read alone I ll definitely be reading Asimov sooner than later.