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I, Robot (1950)

by Isaac Asimov

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Series: Isaac Asimov's Robot Series (1), Foundation Expanded Universe (1.0)

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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 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. With 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 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 and science fiction that has become Asmiov's trademark.… (more)
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I love it when a "classic" lives up that designation.

This book follows the imaginary, future evolution of robots across time. Starting with simple, non-speaking domestic helpers all the way to sophisticated machines that run the world.

A series of short stories as remembered by robopsycologist Susan Calvin near the end of her life.

Originally published in 1950, I can see how so much later science fiction has been based on this and other Asimov books. ( )
  sriddell | Aug 6, 2022 |
Hilarious, thought-provoking, a little terrifying. Loved it. Makes you think about the way humans think by looking at how robots could think. ( )
  Lunarsong | Jul 3, 2022 |
Presto un articolo a riguardo ( )
  thereadingpal | Jun 14, 2022 |
Enjoyable collection of short stories detailing the development of robots over time, as the characters handle the numerous issues that arise as robots become increasingly advanced. I have not yet read any other of Asimov's works, but after reading this, I plan to do so. ( )
  brp6kk | Jun 12, 2022 |
Be aware, if you have seen the ridiculous movie that this is supposedly based on, you are in for a real shock. One small concept was ripped from the book and turned into one of those blockbuster action films. If, on the other hand, you enjoy Asimov's gentle humor and intriguing plots, you will love these stories. The cross the timelines of the Robot series, so I believe this is considered .1 of the bunch, but it stands alone quite well. ( )
  LeslieHolm | May 19, 2022 |
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Isaac Asimovprimary authorall editionscalculated
Černý, OldřichTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Östlund, HarryTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Berkey, JohnCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brick, ScottNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cartier, EddCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Efremov, Ivan AntonovičForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Elmgren, SvenTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fickling, DavidAdaptationsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Giphart, RonaldAuthorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schrag, OttoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Serra, LauraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vámosi, PálTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wells, AlexIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wilson, Daniel H.Prefacesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Youll, StephenCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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To John W. Campbell, Jr., who godfathered the robots
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"Ninety-eight — ninety-nine — one hundred." Gloria with drew her chubby little forearm from before her eyes and stood for a moment, wrinkling her nose and blinking in the sunlight.
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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.
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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 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. With 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 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 and science fiction that has become Asmiov's trademark.

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A collection of loosely-connected short stories about a future in which semi-sentient robots and humans co-exist, bound together by Asimov's "Three Laws of Robotics."
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Robots must obey
Except when they don't have to
Which seems is always.
(johnxlibris)

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