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I, Robot (Robot 0.1)

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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 these three, s
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Paperback, 225 pages
Published April 29th 2008 by Spectra (first published December 2nd 1950)
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Kevin
Jul 19, 2007 Kevin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sci-Fi Thinkers
Shelves: scifi
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 po
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Brooke
Apr 08, 2009 Brooke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction, 2009
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 abo
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Annie
Nov 02, 2015 Annie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015, sf

There is a method to the madness!


The other day when my spiffing new copy of the Foundation series arrived on my doorstep, faithfully delivered by the only Amazon delivery guy in our part of the town and I had to turn to them to have my fix of the written word ever since the only bookstore in the town was closed down (or rather was converted into a boutique), my dear friend, who is by the way one of those guys who has their rooms covered in comic graffiti and a bat signal alarm clock that he is s

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Jim
This is the original "I, Robot" (not the movie of the same name) is excellent & absolutely a classic. It set the tone & often the ground rules for almost every artificial intelligence novel since it was written. The three laws of robotics first appeared in these stories. There are quite a few stories from humorous to touching to scary. Asimov had a pretty good idea that artificial intelligence was similar to fire - a dangerous servant. He proves it in these pages.

This paperback version s
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Evan
In 1989 I drove to Indianapolis to meet Eric, a collector of rare films, ostensibly to see his 16-millimeter print of the elusive 1926 W.C. Fields movie, So's Your Old Man, of which he claimed there were only a half dozen extant copies. We also screened prints of the Lon Chaney Sr. silent, He Who Gets Slapped and the silent German mountain film classic, The White Hell of Pitz Palu, both of which, at the time, were very difficult to see but which have since been issued on DVD. For good measure, h ...more
Sidharth Vardhan
"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 days?"

This is incredible, the best of all science fiction I have read yet. As Fredrick Pohl put it:

“A good science fiction story should be able to predict not the automobile but the traffic jam.”

Asimov 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 popu
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Caroline
***NO SPOILERS***

Abandoned at page 86
Under other circumstances, it might have been a beautiful sight. The stream of high-speed electrons impinging upon the energy beam fluoresced into ultraspicules of intense light. The beam stretched out into shrinking nothingness, a-glitter with dancing, shining motes.
Unfortunately, this is how I, Robot goes (at least up until page 86). Asimov’s vision is an inventive and interesting one, but it isn’t geared to the everyday reader. His writing here is heavy on
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Mimi
Jun 22, 2015 Mimi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 stars, rounded up for the scope of Asimov's AI

Interesting ideas and conception of robotics conveyed in a series of short stories. I could read about Asimov's robotics all day. His scope of cultural changes (ie revolution), however, is lacking in comparison. The year 2007 in the book does not seem like actual 2007 at all, same goes for 2015, and same for 2035 I'd imagine. The cultural climate feels more like the 1950s with the addition of accelerated scientific advancement than the world we're
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Manny
Mar 08, 2011 Manny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Asimov gives you quite a good idea of what's it like to have to debug an artificial intelligence, before there were any. Applause! The movie, however, is an abomination that should have been strangled at birth. They've made Susan Calvin sexy; you see her suggestively outlined through the semi-opaque glass of her shower cubicle.

I can't continue with this review. I'm starting to get too emotional. Sorry. A few things are still sacred, you know?
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PS My real I, Ro
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Paul
Nov 09, 2015 Paul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazingly took me this long to get around to reading one of the classics.
I have seen the film and , shock of all shocks, it bears only a passing resemblance to the book.
The book is less about the technology and much more about the developing psychology of Robots , working around the changing understanding of the famous three rules of robotics.
Rather than one story the development is shown in a very interesting series of short stories told through the recollections of a famous Robopsychologist.
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Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Apr 23, 2009 Shannon (Giraffe Days) rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-club, sci-fi, 2009
It's 2057 and a journalist for the Interplanetary Press is interviewing robopsychologist Susan Calvin, just retired. Wanting to get the “human interest” angle, he pries stories from her that reveal the evolution of robotic technology, and the evolution of robots into machines with a higher order of thinking.

The first story is set in 1998, about a non-vocal robot called Robbie who was a nursemaid and best friend to a demanding little girl called Gloria. Her mother finds their relationship unnatur
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Amy
Apr 07, 2009 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the way this collection of short stories were framed as recollections from Dr. Calvin after a long life. The stories progressed from more primitive robots to some advanced enough to be intriguing.

Robbie: A robot serves as a child's playmate and loves to tell stories. In this story, Robbie seems to have as much affection for Gloria as she does for him. This is presumed to be a case of Robbie being compelled to obey the first law of robotics. Can love and affection be distilled down into a
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Smarti
Mar 18, 2008 Smarti rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 1001-books
This rarely happens to me: I just could not finish this book. I found it unbearable and about half-way through I really did not care about how these stories would continue. In my opinion, it is incredibly poorly written and frankly, I found these robot stories dull and boring content-wise as well. I read that this is supposed to be one of the classics of sci-fi. I don't have a lot of experience with that genre but if this book is supposed to be one of the best, I doubt the genre is for me.
I'll n
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Mike (the Paladin)
Not an Asimov fan, but I found this one better than others I have read. This of course is only my opinion and a matter of taste. Asimov is loved by many, but not me so much. Still this is a pretty good book exploring a topic that may become more relevant as time goes by... Maybe not exactly as IA sees it it, but in general.

Of course the Asimov laws of robotics appear in so many other science fiction works they themselves have become iconic.

Enjoy.
Stephen
Just read this and realized that the first time around I'd never finished it. I'm not sure why.

This book is timeless in many ways. There's a curious mix of future think and past think in this 60 year old science fiction masterpiece. The main ideas concerning robotics are as fresh and current as ever. The space exploration elements are a bit dated but not terribly so. However the corporate think is what feels the most creaky. Also Asimov was a bit off on his predictions about jet cars and the co
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Penny
Essentially a series of short stories told in the form of an interview, this book is a classic for a reason. As robots were developed and created for new purposes and problems cropped up that almost always had to do with some unforeseen conflict between the laws of robotics.

There's lots of interesting food for thought, lots of philosophical questions of how laws and rules can be interpreted, and it's all delivered in a fantastic package of wit and character. I particularly enjoyed some of the b
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Stephen
3.0 to 3.5 stars. A good book to read if interested in the Robot Series, but I liked the actual series better than this collection of short stories.
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Clásico de la ciencia ficción que dio inicio a las geniales tres leyes de la robótica. Cualquier amante del género está obligado a leer sus páginas, ya que (salvando las distancias) nos encontramos frente al Quijote de los libros sobre inteligencia artificial.
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Otis Chandler
Apr 14, 2009 Otis Chandler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Otis by: Sci-Fi & Fantasy Bookclub
Shelves: sci-fi, fiction
As an engineer I couldn't help but love this book. It's full of logic games! The 3 rules of robotics are a very rich medium for lots of fun puzzles, and I very much enjoyed reading them. I think the book originally came out in serial form, as it was broken down into short stories or capers. Kind of reminded me of Sherlock Holmes - another favorite of mine.

Examining robots also gave a canvas for defining what it is to be human. I loved the robot religion story. Robots with a superiority complexes
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Sentimental Surrealist
A handy way of showing all things both cool and uncool - yes, this is a Steely Dan song now - about speculative fiction. The shortest way to say this? I like I, Robot a lot more as a work of speculation than a work of fiction. Bigger sci-fi fans than me love to debate about the Three Rules of Robotics, and it is cool to see how they play against and contradict each other through these short stories, apparently a greatest-hits reel of Asimov's robot tales. So if we judge fiction by how many stone ...more
Frank Hays
Time has not treated this book well. As robotics develop further and further w/o any regard to the three laws, it becomes more and more of a series of logic puzzles and less of a work of science fiction. That Asimov feels that humans might one day be better ruled by benevolent AI seems almost quaint and childish w/ a half century of robotics research being directed towards developing new killing machines. It is a fun read and a must for fans of vintage science fiction but it is simply no longer ...more
Ashwin
Aug 24, 2015 Ashwin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(Crossposted from my blog: https://daariga.wordpress.com/2015/08...)

It did not take too long into I, Robot for me to realize why it went far beyond every other science fiction book I had read. Isaac Asimov fails miserably in convincing the 21st century reader about the mechanics and the so called positronic brain of his futuristic robots. In fact, he does not even try. However, that does not matter because the 9 short stories in this book explore something quite extraordinary: robopsychology, th
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Nina Rapsodia
Jun 06, 2015 Nina Rapsodia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Los amantes de la ciencia ficción
Recommended to Nina by: Nadie
Shelves: no-propios
Este libro representa mi primera experiencia con la ciencia ficción dura y cuando lo vi en la biblioteca me dije que ya era hora de iniciarme con uno de los grandes: Isaac Asimov. Soy de las lectoras que no tengo problema con este género porque es de mis favoritos, y me entusiasmaba sobremanera lo que me iba a encontrar. Y por supuesto, no me ha defraudado.



Este libro plantea algo muy interesante para la época en la que fue escrito: una realidad alternativa donde la robótica fue desarrollada much
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Jurgen_i
This is a well-known book of a Golden Age of SF, so I waited something classical and well-done. Unfortunately, it is nothing like that. In fact, this book is a collection of linked stories exploring some unobvious and peculiar consequences of the three rules of Robotics. Good attempt, but no more. These rules are meant to make robots safe for humanity. But if we look at the consequences, the rules don’t seem to be so reliable anymore, even with the Asimov’s assumption, very vague and doubtful on ...more
Megan
In this collection, Isaac Asimov presented nine short stories about robots and humans. I won’t pretend to be well read enough in science fiction to fully appreciate all of the nuances and ideas offered in these nine stories. Along those lines, it might not have been the wisest choice to listen to this audio book while driving too and from work; many times traffic issues or work problems would creep into my mind and demand my attention. That being said, I enjoyed this collection but felt that som ...more
Madeline
May 11, 2008 Madeline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Because I cannot review a book that's been made into a movie without at least mentioning the film version, here's a fair warning:
Although I, Robot starring Will Smith was a fairly passable excuse for a movie and mostly entertaining if you enjoy explody things, do not pick up Asimov's novel expecting to read anything even remotely similar to what happened in the movie.
That being said, the book version of I, Robot is very, very good, and you should probably read it regardless of whether or not y
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Elida
Oct 29, 2007 Elida rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: extremelyboring
I am currently reading this book with my son as part of his summer reading list, (new school, therefore he has to do his summer reading during school session) and as I was reading, I discovered that this book is so different from the movie version of I, Robot starting Wil Smith. Usually there are differences between movies and books, but in I, Robot there is are significant differences, such as no mention of Wil Smith's character. My son and I are slightly in the middle of the book so maybe late ...more
Todd Russell
I've read this book a few times over the years and what keeps pulling me back is Asimov's incredible passion for the scientific side of the story. The characters, which normally are the draw, are not front and center in these stories. It's the machines and what will or won't happen to them with the best programming intentions. One would think with Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics that nothing could go wrong and that's part of what makes this so much fun. If you are a fan of the movie with Will Sm ...more
Ints
Jun 26, 2015 Ints rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
Šo grāmatu izlasīju „Fantastikas pasaulē” sērijas lasīšanas projekta ietvaros. Par grāmatas kvalitāti pirms lasīšanas es ne mirkli nešaubījos, jo kā gan var šaubīties par stāstu krājumu, kuru esi lasījis desmitiem reižu. Pirmo reizi, kad man vēl nebija pat desmit gadu. Sākumā pārlasīju pāris reizes gadā, pēdējoreiz šajā gadsimtā lasīju pirms gadiem desmit.

Ir trīs robotikas likumi:

Pirmais. Robots nedrīkst darīt cilvēkam pāri vai ar savu bezdarbību pieļaut, ka cilvēkam tiek nodarīts ļaunums.

Otrais
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“It is the obvious which is so difficult to see most of the time. People say 'It's as plain as the nose on your face.' But how much of the nose on your face can you see, unless someone holds a mirror up to you?” 395 likes
“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 the 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;

The Zeroth Law: A robot may not harm humanity, or, by inaction, allow humanity to come to harm.”
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