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. 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 The Three Laws Of Robotics A 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 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. 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 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 daysThis is incredible, the best of all science fiction I have read yet As Fredrick Pohl put itA good science fiction story should be able to predict not the automobile but the traffic jamAsimov 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 codesRobots are essentially decentandBut you see you, you can t distinguish between a robot and the very best of humanityAsimov 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 conclusionsSince when is the evidence of our senses any match for the clear light of rigid reasonAnd if it still didn t remind you of DescartesI 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 thinkHowever, it was fun when he turned religiousThere is no Master but the Master and QT 1 is his prophetThough 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.
Isaac Asimov was a Russian born, American author, a professor of biochemistry, and a highly successful writer, best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books.Professor Asimov is generally considered one of the most prolific writers of all time, having written or edited than 500 books and an estimated 90,000 letters and postcards He has works published in nine o
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