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I, Robot (Overclocked #4)

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Takes a look at a future when robots assist humans in their daily lives. How does this technology impact a person's feeling of self-worth? What if different countries have different ethics for what robots may or may not do?
ebook, 50 pages
Published 2005 by Feedbooks
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I want to like Cory Doctorow. Really, I do. But at the end of everything I read by him I feel kind of let down. I can't pinpoint why, and so I keep reading his books and stories hoping that something will change *sigh*
Dec 06, 2010 Jonatron rated it it was ok
Shelves: e-book
A weird mash-up of 1984 and Asimov.

Copyright and intellectual property is 100% bad and leads to oppressive police states. The three laws of robotics are just handicaps, and without them, hyper-intelligent super-fast super-strong robots will cooperate with us and serve us, purely out of the goodness of their hearts. Eurasia is a utopia with no crime and highly advanced technology, apparently just because of their disregard for the idea of intellectual property?

Pretty weird and simplistic.
Dec 04, 2013 Owen rated it it was ok
I was somewhat dissappointed with this short story which I found reconstituted cliches from ficticious future worlds. Maybe it's the genre that disappoints me, or maybe I expected more from Doctorow than Gibson lite. I appreciated his attempts to reference copyright issues but it was muddied with irrelevant ethical problems he didn't fully resolve.
Mar 06, 2015 Colin rated it it was ok
Cory Doctorow is an interesting person, but there's nothing here to suggest that he's much cop as a writer.

Interestingly, I've also just finished Sultana's dream; separated from I, robot by over a century but flawed in the same ways. A simple, single issue divides a wonderful, humanitarian, crime-free utopia from an oppressive, violent and militaristic dystopia. Science and technology are a magical deus ex machina - and how it actually works is something we, as readers, don't really need to con
Jan 22, 2015 Maria rated it really liked it
This short story was really interesting! I liked how well it was built up. The characters had distinguishable personalities and weren't just 'placed to fulfill an action'. Also the dialogue was natural and quite comic at times, part of it due to being relatable. Remarks and thoughts of the main character were sharp and funny as well.

The only thing I found weaker of this story is the fact that the little girl (12 years old) was left alone by her mom closely after birth, yet she never questions no
Aug 02, 2015 Palwascha rated it it was ok
This is my first book/short story by Cory Doctorow. I actually went into reading this with pretty high hopes (being a fan of Asimov since childhood). I was disappointed to say the least. It starts with a promise but midway through one realized that the author is regurgitating ideas and not in a way that is surprising or at least be called a reinvention. By the end of it Doctorow is unable to resolve the issues he raises, some of which are not even related to the 3 laws of robotics but ethics in ...more
Aug 30, 2015 Safae rated it really liked it
Shelves: english
Highly entertaining, Oh the future so close yet so far..and like i said why aren't we investing in robots instead of phones?
Oct 17, 2012 Pamela rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
I do love stories about the future of humanity specially those that involves robots. I did like the plot which advocate some romance, failure, optimism and adventure by the characters.
Arturo and Ada, Dad and daugther. Natalie the missing mother.

I like the idea of a responsable father and a mother who abandons her daugther and marriage since is not the common plot, however the reasons at the end are really emotive, a mother protecting her family.

There as a real curious the idea of using CAFTA reg
Oct 20, 2012 Sue CCCP rated it really liked it
I reviewed this short story as part of the anthology Robots: The Recent A.I. Full review of that volume at http://coffeecookiesandchilipeppers.b...

Arturo is a Police Detective living in urban Toronto. He has a rebellious teenage daughter, Ada, and a robotics genius ex-wife who defected to the Eurasians several years ago. He tries to do his job, but hates all the technology that he has to deal with. Sure, it is helpful in tracing Ada as she skips out of school, but he resents the ‘Big Brother’ at
Michael Mcglynn
Jun 16, 2015 Michael Mcglynn rated it really liked it
I thought that this book is great, Isaac Asimov is an amazing storyteller. I love how the book explores themes of rights and independence in a futuristic and interesting way. It's also cool to see how influencing his books have been. when I'm reading them I can see where our society has picked up bits of his stories into our pop culture. the ideas that he presented have been used and retold so many times, showing you just how good this book is.
This was an ebook I picked up through the moonreader app on my phone. I've not read any Cory Doctorow before, so it was surprising to discover he is a science-fiction writer (I somehow had him down as something else!)

This is NOT the Asimov version that was made into a film, but rather plays along those themes. The plot revolves around one hard-boiled detective that hates the technology he is forced to work with, his troublesome daughter and his techno-genius wife who once worked for the American
Jun 14, 2015 Misael rated it it was amazing
Shelves: recomendado
Un libro distinto, compuesto por distintas historias que de una u otra manera estaba relacionadas, donde se plantean discursos morales y el uso de la razón robótica sobre la humana, lo cual me terminó sorprendiendo al ver que pensaba en cosas como los Robots en ocasiones. Fuera de esto la historia es sólida, los personajes no son particularmente especiales pero te llevan de la mano a lo largo de los relatos.
Dione Basseri
Doctorow says that he didn't get his story's title from the story by Asimov, but let's face it: the story features frequent mentiones of the Three Laws of Robotics. He was heavily inspired by Asimov, and the idea that the title actually comes from "I, Claudius" is just a legal sidestep.

I will say that this story has a different focus from "I, Robot." It's more about transhumanism and the dangers of a police state with full observation on its people. The metaphore is extended to the private spher
Jul 06, 2015 Aditi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
it's a short story, but seriously, there could have been a little more to it. it was all very abrupt and fast-paced and not in a good way. like major-chunks-are-missing-so-i-really-couldn't-enjoy-it-and-felt-super-dissatisfied-in-the-end kind of way.
Apr 14, 2015 Thomas rated it liked it
This novella was quick, entertaining read. But it was not Cory Doctorow's best work. You will enjoy this novel more the if you have read Isaac Asimov's robot stories and if you know something about Doctorow's own views on freedom of information.
Jul 20, 2010 Aubrey rated it really liked it
[note on shelving: This book is more 'future urban sci-fi' than urban fantasy, but since I have combined sci-fi / fantasy into one category anyway, I figured it fits for the moment.]

Quick pace, fast read. Although the characters didn't seem to have a lot of multi-dimensional growth, they were very vivid and well developed in the context of this short story.

It was interesting to see a vision of the future where everyone can be tracked at all times, through cell phones, locator-robots, and shoppin
Swapna Sindhu Mishra
The book was a nice short story. I just liked it. But there was no specialty to be found in the book.
Aug 20, 2010 Jakub rated it it was ok
Solid science fiction shortie - everything that's needed is there. Anti-DRM propaganda gets a bit boring, but you knew what you're doing, picking up Cory Doctorow's book, didn't you? :) There's something missing from the story, as it seems a bit unframed - perhaps the open ending is the deciding factor. I don't usually have a problem with those, yet here it kind of allowed story to become more and more bland, closer to the end. Oh well, not every book has to be perfect. I enjoyed reading this on ...more
Mar 10, 2012 Susan rated it liked it
I think I should've reread Asimov's I, Robot before reading Doctorow's. I vaguely remembered the 3 laws (which was essential to understanding this), but not much else. I enjoyed this, but didn't think it was up to Doctorow's usual standards. For example, there were issues raised that would've been good to explore but instead were only hinted at. I think I might've liked it better as a longer work: as it is, it's barely a novella, perhaps really a short story. If I try to judge it as a short stor ...more
Mar 14, 2012 Sam rated it did not like it
I read the e-book version of this book. I thought this was the book that was turned into the movie but I did not realize that this wasn't it the one that was turned into the move was written by Isaac Asimov. When I finished it I was like "That was nothing like the movie." I feel so dumb. -_-

This e-book really sucked some serious ass. It was not really worth the time I read it at all, it was a really pointless story. I don't recommend that anyone read it, unless you like crappy books in that caus
Feb 03, 2013 Neil rated it really liked it
A great little story, with bits of Asimov (obviously?) and 1984 mixed in with a Toronto-centric setting that resonates with familiar names. Set in a not-too distant dystopian future, a robot-plagued cop, his Trouble-some daughter, and the friendly fellow from Social Harmony defend the UNATS-ian way against Eurasians, Oceanics, and robots. It seems everything in UNATS is run with positronic brains based on Asimovs Three Laws of Robotics. But not in Eurasia...
Jan 22, 2014 Tiffany rated it did not like it
Shelves: sci-fi-horror
His work starts out promising but the unlikely, predictable, neat, tidy endings bother me...
A truly inspired homage to a classic science fiction novel. Doctorow has fun riffing on Brave New World, 1984, and the Asimov classic in this neat twist on robot futurology largely set in Toronto. Nicely done and done with that awe inspiring technological confidence SF writers sometimes have imaginging how the world might evolve, this despite the fact that there is a good dose of dystopian speculation wrapped up in an intriguing idea.
Feb 28, 2011 Chandler rated it it was amazing
This story is exactly what I would model my short stories after. I read this short story after reading 20,000 leagues under the sea and was I in for some fun. I was so drained from pushing through 20,000 leagues that I wanted something to jolt my attention span for reading. Thank the Lord I found the exact one. Bends and twists at every turn. Delivered exactly what I wanted in a small concentrated dose.
Jan 22, 2011 Brian rated it really liked it
A Hugo nominee that's got everything you could ask for - except the novel length version :-)

Humour, believable logical tech, interesting characters and an ending with a twist. The best part of the very good Overclocked Stories of the Future Present by Cory Doctorow
Jan 27, 2009 Mykl rated it really liked it
Short story that takes a look at a future where robots assist people in their jobs/life. Questions of what impact does this have on a persons utlility and self-image. What impact on being able to clone oneself have on relationships. A look at the fearful impact if different governments have different thoughts/values on what robots may or may not do ethically.
Mar 31, 2010 Mike rated it it was amazing
This was an extremely well written short story that kept me interested the entire time. I actually read it in about 20 minutes at work and almost got introuble because I couldn't stop. The dark humor between father and daughter was very funny, and there were many details that were finely summed up in the last page or so. Very good story.
Sep 09, 2011 Elle rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
Once I got started into this great little book I really enjoyed it. The start didn't capture me right away and at first I have to admit that the main character really annoyed me but once we met a wider network of characters, it came together.

Such a brilliant portrayal of a vibrant world in such a short story.
Jun 21, 2010 Hayesy rated it liked it
I thought I robot was good, but not great. I give it 3.5 stars. The writing towards the end is rather good, but was ruined by the Nat clones (you'll understand when you read the book) and the rather boring beginning. Still, I think this writer has plenty of potential, which I hope he uses.
An Odd1
Downloaded along with "I, Robot", "I,Row-boat", "After the Siege", with same book cover as "Over Clocked" from I liked "Clockwork Fagin" and "Little Brother". On Kobo I read but forget. Now cannot find charger as of Jan 2015.
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Canadian blogger, journalist and science fiction author who serves as co-editor of the blog Boing Boing.

He is an activist in favor of liberalizing copyright laws and a proponent of the Creative Commons organization, using some of their licenses for his books.

Some common themes of his work include digital rights management, file sharing, Disney, and post-scarcity economics.
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