I, Robot

I, Robot

Paperback - 1977
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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.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 1977
ISBN: 9780553294385
0553294385
Branch Call Number: PAPERBACK
Characteristics: 272 pages ; 17 cm
Contents: Robbie
Runaround
Reason
Catch that rabbit
Liar!
Little lost robot
Escape!
Evidence
The evitable conflict

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Carlalovesbooks
Sep 26, 2017

I never get tired of reading this book! Isaac Asimov is the king of science fiction. I, Robot is a series of short stories describing the fictional evolution of robots which includes a development of their own identity, their own interpretation of the Three Laws of Robotics. It's witty and insightful. It's a parable of our own existence. If I were English teacher, I'd encourage my students to read it. But I, Robot is not actual science. Robots like the ones in this book don't exist. It is irrelevant to rate the book on not being technologically possible. Read it as it was intended--intriguing science-fiction about robots in the distant future.

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Starpoem
Mar 02, 2017

This is a quick and fun read. Each story is like a little puzzle or brain teaser for the reader. It's a great book for teens and adults alike.

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F3rnando
Jan 13, 2017

Interesting as a novel. Nevertheless, 1) it overestimates the capability of technology and science in regards to the knowledge of the nature and function of mind, 2) In order to justify robots' evolution, the author has to provide robots with human defilements as craving, clinging, lying, shaming, blaming etc., which produces ethic inferiority 3) Intelligence and wisdom are different mind capabilities and this is confused to make the book work.

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VladTheGreen
Aug 22, 2016

Isaac Asimov wrote these stories about humanoid robots interacting socially with humans, being an integral part of the human life when robots, in the 50s, were not more than a moving claw that moved objects or could just weld metal.
Really prophetic work in sci-fi.

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susan_findlay
Jul 13, 2016

This book is really a series of short stories rather than a novel. It does, however, offer insight into some of humanity's best and worst qualities as those same qualities arise in the increasingly intelligent robots. It also explores humanity's reactions (positive and negative) to the robots.
The first story is heartwarming and does a good job of making the robots feel "real" while some of them are actually quite scary (in terms of the implications; it's certainly not a horror story). The only negative thing I can say about the book is that it can be a bit jarring to read about things happening in years that have already passed - when we aren't anywhere close to having the described technology widely available. I suppose that's an artifact of the book having been written in the 1950s.
An excellent quick read.

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Eosos
Jan 25, 2016

This is a series of vignettes told by a robot physiologist to a reporter, about curious and interesting happenings during the advent of robots.
Dr. Calvin was a great character in this book, she was interesting and made compelling cases in regards to robotic behaviour in relation to the three laws.
The rest of the reoccurring characters came across as spluttering fools, no matter how clever they may have been.

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OC_0
Jul 17, 2014

Very nice short stories, they all go along telling the evolution of the robot from the start to the present. I t really is worth reading, every story is unique.

orange_tiger_715 Jul 14, 2014

Nice sci-fi book on the future of man kind with robots. This isn't really my kind of book (The Fault in Our Stars, or Divergent) but its still a good insight to the future. Each smaller story in the book shows difficulties with the three laws of robotics. Classic science fiction with Issac Asimov.

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MCinnamon
Feb 21, 2013

If your expecting the story from the movie your in for a great surprise. This book is actually a collection of short stories written around 1950 for sci-fi magazines such as Astounding Science and Del Ray paperbacks. The movie still has a lot of the elements found in the book, especially concerning the 3 rules for robots, but the 9 short stories in this book sets up what happens in the movie. Think of this book as the prequil to the movie like the hobbit is the prequil to Lord of the Rings. This is a must read of sci-fi.

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DanMenard
Jan 31, 2013

I, Robot is a sci-fi classic for a reason. Asimov proves here that he really is one of the greatest science fiction writers. Although, let me add a caveat for potential readers new to Asimov: his books are not action packed. Asimov drives his stories forward through character interaction and conversation, especially in I, Robot. This is certainly a strength in my view, but it's something to keep in mind. Most of us know about Asimov's three laws, and each story here explores difficulties in practice with what otherwise looks great in theory. I, Robot is extremely interesting and the solutions Asimov invents for the ironic recalcitrance of the laws are fantastic.

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Jun 23, 2008

series of short stories comprising the future developement of robotics, chiefly mysteries used to explain various facets of 'robotics'

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