I, Robot Mass Market Paperback – Nov 1 1991
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In this collection, one of the great classics of science fiction, Asimov set out the principles of robot behavior that we know as the Three Laws of Robotics. Here are stories of robots gone mad, mind-reading robots, robots with a sense of humor, robot politicians, and robots who secretly run the world, all told with Asimov's trademark dramatic blend of science fact and science fiction.
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The 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 givein 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.
With this, 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 obsolete.
Here 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 & science fiction that became Asmiov's trademark.
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But if you have never read Asimov or looking for somewhere to start, I would highly recommend "I, Robot" as a first glimpse into Asimov's world(s). Here is a wonderful and timeless collection of nine short stories that all center around a central theme; The Three Laws Of Robotics.
The three laws are: 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 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.
These laws are the central theme to each individual story, and connecting them is a running "Runaround", "Reason", and "Catch That Rabbit". Always under the direst of circumstances, they must figure out the malfunction of the robot before something terrible happens. Very entertaining stories.
Some of the other stories are about Dr. Calvin's personal experiences, such as "Liar" and "Little Lost Robot", but all fall back onto the laws as their basic theme, and whether or not humans will ever accept robots among them.
Once finished with "I, Robot", I very highly recommend the "Foundation" series, one of my favorite Asimov themes, along with the Robot Trilogy and another favorite, "Nightfall". Asimov has the gift of creating lively, likeable characters with a technical backdrop to his all-to-human stories, and always infuses a bit of humor into them.
Truly one of the great masters of Sci-Fi, Asimov is a must-read in my opinion, and "I, Robot" is a wonderful starting point.
The book was published in 1950, so the movie is not like the book. The movie states that it is "suggested by Isaac Asimov's book" and has some similarities. To learn more about this outstanding book of short stories, see a good Isaac Asimov oriented web site at [...]
These stories do show the era in which they were written by the language, but the innovative theories behind them and the "why didn't I think of that?" reaction from readers remain.
-Mark Wakely, author of An Audience for Einstein
The movies really has little to do with the books, from what the trailers show. The character that Will Smith plays does not exist in any of the short stories. Also, at the time the movie takes place, in the books, robots are not allowed on Earth.
Regardless, understanding the premise of robotics and how and why robots act as they do, will almost certainly be greatly enhanced by your reading of this quick and fun book. Then, you can read some of the other Asimov robot series (Robot Dreams, Caves of Steel, Naked Sun, Robots of Dawn).
If real humanoid intelligent robot servants were for sale, would you want one in your home? Probably not, contends Asimov. Fear of the unknown, specially if it takes a humanoid form will "freak" us into seeing these as potential competitors. But, would that fear be legitimate? Asimov imagine a world were robotics breaktrough allows the fabrication of "positronic brain" in wich three fundamental laws can be imprinted.
The first and most fundamental one is:"A robot cannot harm a human or stay passive while a human is in danger". The second law is "A robot must obey all orders coming from a human unless it conflicts with the first law". The third law is "A robot will protects its own existence unless this conflicts with one of the first two laws".
Seems airtight? Asimov spent the rest of is life showing how things could still go wrong...
This first group of short stories are worth reading if only because it is a classical milestone in the 20th century history of sci-fi. But these are also smartly writen, fun, very credible and stimulating. Any serious sci-fi reader cannot pretend knowledge of the genre without having read it. For beginners, it is a great way to get acquainted with sci-fi.A must!
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OK, for the life of me, I cannot understand how Asimov has come to be revered as a great of science fiction. Read morePublished on July 19 2004 by Amazon Customer
This is a collection of Asimov short stories written over the ten year period between 1940 & 1950, and then collected together, abridged, and given a thin narrative to tie them... Read morePublished on July 17 2004
The stories in this novel are incredible!! The reviews that try to compare it to the movie must be missing the fact that the movie was created 50 years after the book. Read morePublished on July 16 2004
I, Robot is an interesting look at the philosphy and psychology of robots, but it is not really a novel. Read morePublished on July 15 2004 by Michael J. Ellis
There are some gaps in my classic sci-fi background, and I filled one of them in today. I finished I, Robot by Isaac Asimov. Read morePublished on July 13 2004 by Thomas Duff
I,Robot by Isaac Asimov is the first book in the Robot Series.
I have found that this book is almost always labeled as a collection of short stories about robots. Read more
First off, allow me to issue three caveats. Written over 50 years ago, I, Robot is somewhat dated at times with its archaic technological references. Read morePublished on July 13 2004 by Chris Salzer