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O Homem Positrónico (Robot 0.6)

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Que tem de fazer um robot para provar a sua humanidade?

Quando o NDR 113 saiu das linhas de montagem da United States Robots & Mechanical Men Corporation, não passava de um cérebro positrónico metido num invólucro de metal e plástico com um aspecto mais ou menos humanóide. Mas o NDR 113, ou Andrew Martins, como viria a ser conhecido, não era um robot vulgar.
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Paperback, Colecção Nébula, 197 pages
Published 1994 by Europa-América (first published January 1st 1992)
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Adam
Post Listen Review: I love how Isaac Asimov came up with the classic three laws of robotics and then spent so much of his writing figuring out ways to bend those laws or to make things fit into them in surprising ways. This is a beautiful story of a robot who becomes a man. It sounds silly on the surface but it brings up large questions on what life means. Not only that, it is kind of astounding how many things mentioned in this book would have seemed extremely far off in the future at the time...more
Barks & Bites
Straight up scifi isn’t a genre I usually read but I came across a copy of this book on audio and figured what the heck? I’m in a bit of a slump so maybe this will kick me out of it.

So far, so good. It's set in the future where helpful robots are a reality. Model NDR113, or Andrew as his family names him, is contemplating a risky surgery when the book begins but we don't know what it is. It then flips back to the past a bit and we meet him just as he's settling in with his family. He seems to be...more
Lloyd
The story on which this novel is based was one of my favorites in all of Asimov's robot stories. Asimov and Silverberg employ an admirable protagonist, some hard SF, and many parallels to our own journeys as men and women to churn out an amazingly readable tale.

This book is simply an exapanding of Asimov's story "The Bicentennial Man" (and a great one, at that) and probably my favorite work of Asimov's since I've started reading him.

Even if you're not a fan of sci-fi, this is one of those books...more
J.C.
For such a quick and easy read, at least on the technical level; intellectually, it will blow your mind.

There is so much more to this story than that of an individual's struggle to evolve to an autonomous entity in a society that considers him to be nothing more than a appliance. Is he any less human or sentient simply because he was manufactured not developed? The story will have you thinking quite a bit about subjugation, slavery, autonomy, humanity, prejudice, and more.

Readers who have seen...more
Michael
A heart felt and complex look at the relationship and social integration between man and machine, as well as the uncanny valley.
Salman Mehedy Titas
I had suspected, and feared, that this would be one of those books which would take a good story and build on it, just for the purpise of it, making the story tasteless, bland. I'm glad to say that this was not one of those.
Andrew Martin's story is heartwarming, whereas at the same time it rings of the truth, of the irrational fears and activities of human mind, and on the other hand, how the proper action by a few people at the right times could make history.
And Andrew Martin's struggle to achi...more
Carmen Chas
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‘The Positronic Man’, yet another of the many Science-Fiction books by Isaac Asimov and Robert Silverberg, probably has become one of my favourite books in this particular genre. Focusing throughout its entire plot on a robot who gradually takes steps towards becoming human, the characters and world are handled beautifully. At risk of starting this review the wrong way around, the narrative and practically all elements of this novel are fantastic.

The s...more
Julie
This intriguing story shows a future earth with a robot (called Andrew) who is self-aware and even seems to develop feelings and other human characteristics.
The book asks what really makes a human. It also asks what rights we should give beings who have feelings.
How Andrew shakes the politics of their day reminds me of politics of any age.
At one juncture, Andrew is discussing with a member of congress how people will vote on legislation about robots. They discuss how, even though each side of th...more
J
The Positronic Man was the inspiration for the movie Bicentennial Man, starring Robin Williams. While the two have many parallels, the differences divide the works with two individual stories and meanings.
The Positronic Man is at its root the story of life. Repeatedly the process of growing, learning, chasing dreams, and eventually settling down into a tired resolution at the end of your days is shown. The main character, Andrew, even goes through this process as he gradually develops from a cur...more
Alex
A great story about the quest of a robot named Andrew to achieve humanity. After almost two decades in the service of humans, time in which he obtained his freedom and became the inventor of body organ prosthetics that enabled people to outlive their short lifespans, Andrew longs to be declared human. But the one thing that prevents him from obtaining his humanity is his positronic brain, the last original robotic part. After several attempts to convince the world legislature of his humanity he...more
Graham Heath
Very interesting, its a bit cliche but, Its really a book about how the 3 laws are not good enough, and the issue is much more complex. I sincerely hope we can push towards and through AI, with less fear than in this book. Stephen Hawking has some very interesting words on the issue in his latest words on
Pedram Behroozi
خب قطعن بهترین کار آسیموف نیست. نیمه اول کتاب کمی حوصله آدم رو سر میبره ولی البته کتاب از نیمه دوم به بعد بهتر میشه.
ایده داستان مثل همیشه جذاب و هیجان انگیزه. در واقع فکر میکنم این همون داستان پینوکیو باشه با این تفاوت که پینوکیو تلاشی برای انسان شدن نمیکنه و تبدیل شدن به یک پسر واقعی جایزه ای به خاطر کارهای خوب پینوکیوه. اما اندرو از همان ابتدا یک هدف رو دنبال میکنه و اون هم رسیدن به مقام انسانه.
آخرهای داستان مقایسه کلمات «روبات یک و نیم قرنی» و «مرد دو قرنی» فوق العاده خوبه. و البته جمله آخر د...more
Jeremiah Johnson
I really like the short story Bicentennial Man. I don't think that fleshing it out to novel length added anything more to it. I had a harder time getting through it than I would have though, but I still think it is a good book overall.
I find it humorous that Asimov was a visionary on robotics, but his vision of mankind seems to be somewhat lacking. He sees humans as sparsely populated striving for "quality over quantity". We certainly aren't heading down this path now, and I can't imagine we'll...more
Silvio Curtis
Isaac Asimov and Robert Silverberg wrote this book based on Asimov's short story "The Bicentennial Man." The book is told from the point of view of Andrew, an unusual robot who wants to become more like a human. I find the ethics of the situation monstrous, as usual with Asimov's robots, but unlike in other books it interfered with my enjoyment of the story a little, because here it gets kind of cheesy too. The reasons for Andrew's quasi-humanity never get explained very clearly, which tempted m...more
Matt Smith
An interesting debate on the evolutionary journey a robot would need to take in order to be considered a human, mostly played out in extended debates between characters without that messy proposition of a 'storyline' getting in the way. Interestingly it seems that the robot Andrew Martin becomes human without ever really understanding what it is to be one, just ticking the boxes along the way.
Kelly
I guess if you don't believe that humans have souls, then a robot being declared human can make sense.

This was written well, just like Asimov's other works. It just doesn't make any sense, theologically speaking.
Olivia
The Positronic Man is incredible. Simple as that. An extended and beautifully detailed version of The Bicentennial Man, this novel has no flaws. The main character, Andrew Martin, a human soul within a robot body, is an endless amount of philosophical questions and well-written depth. His quest and growth in his soul are so lovely to read and experience. Asimov places the reader within Andrew's innermost person, showing us a blooming soul. The lesson is learned: there is nothing more valuable th...more
Jay
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The look at something/someone not-quite-human making the earnest and stoic attempt to understand and eventually become human in every physically achievable sense of the word is stirring. The fact that as time passes everyone eventually fades away adds a grand sense of loss that molds the eventual triumph into something both believable and unavoidable. Intriguing, sad, and introspective, Asimov and Silverberg probably explain more to us about the folly and incohere...more
Julie
This is a novelization of the short story "Bicentennial Man" by Asimov and just as the story is gut wrenching and wondrous so is the novel. It begins in the same place and ends in the same place so the only difference is the details in the middle are a little more threshed out. If you are left with a lot of questions about why after reading the short story you might want to pick up this novel. If not then this novel doesn't really add a whole lot. I felt it explained some actions that I hadn't e...more
MBybee
This is a fantastic sci-fi story examining the nature of humanity and culture. I quite liked it. Very refreshing to read real sci-fi every now and then when there's so much "Conan in space" type stuff
zjakkelien
This book is really excellent. We follow the struggles of the robot Andrew Martin, who strives to become human. He faces a very long opposition and undergoes dramatic changes to accomplish his goal. The writing style is rather descriptive, with which I don't mean there are loads of descriptions, but that the book is not very emotional. It simply describes what happens and lets the events carry the emotions, instead of the language. As a result, the book is not highly exciting, as some others are...more
C.E. Paul
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Kelly Williams hunt
Not my usual genre, but it wasn't bad. I let my husband pick my book!
Rob
This was a very good book indeed! A must read. I won't give too much away in this review but it's a great story of a robot and his journey though life, the relationships he makes as well as the over all purpose of his life. I found myself at times rooting for Andrew and at times surprised at the path his life was taking him. Next up to read is The Bicentennial Man, the short story on which this was based and I also want to see the movie The Bicentennial Man with Robin Williams. Hopefully that mo...more
Funky Child
To me the book was a sci-fi version of Pinokio...
D.L. Morrese
This is an excellent story of robots and men in its own right, but, at first, I thought there appeared to be some inconsistency with some of Asimov's other books. It is obviously set in the same fictional universe, but the previous advancement of robotic science and creating lifelike androids on planets other than Earth (e.g. Aurora) seems to be unknown. Then, I realized this is actually a prequel to the events told in the other robot books (The Caves of Steel, The Naked Sun, The Robots of Dawn)...more
Paweł
*SPOILERS*


Amazing.
Asimov shows us what human life really means from a point of view of robot. Robot who wants to become a man. Our flaws and weaknesses make us special in some sort of way. But the most important lesson we can learn from the book is that death has a meaning, it makes our life such an amazing experience, adventure. Just because one day it may come to an end. Immortality would only bring us pain if we had to live on after death of our most loved person and our friends.
Matt Kurjanowicz
An easy, pleasant read that questioned what it means to be human. I never read the short story Bicentennial Man nor do I much remember the movie, so this book was a new story for me. Asimov examined what it means to be human (when does Andrew become a man verse simply existing as a robot?) I found the lines drawn between slavery of humans and artificial intelligences particularly fascinating.

Overall, I'm glad I read the book and would reccomend as a summer sci-fi read.
Cal
I loved this book, though at times it was a little uneventful. I enjoyed the first half significantly more than the second, seeing as how I love robots.. I felt by the second half, he was already so far from being a robot that it didn't really interest me in the same way anymore. I had an idea for the ending that I thought would have been much more poignant but instead it kind of ended anti-climatically. It was still a very good book and I would read it again!
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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.

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