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, ...more
Why WHY does something invariably go wrong with them?
Because, said Powell somberly, we are accursed. Lets go!
Asimovs collection of short stories is a stunning document of humanitys struggle to find balance in a world increasingly dominated by technological progress, but with the same social, political and emotional conflicts as always.
At first glance, the different stories seem to show the growing sophistication of robots, and their ...more
I, Robot is a fix up of science fiction short stories or essays by American writer Isaac Asimov. The stories originally appeared in the American magazines Super Science Stories and Astounding Science Fiction between 1940 and 1950 and were then compiled into a book for stand-alone publication by Gnome Press in 1950.
I, Robot is about a robot's confession. Some weeks earlier, its builder, Dr. Charles Link, built it in the basement. Link teaches his robot to ...more
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 ...more
Another reason is related to the structure of I, Robot. It actually ...more
A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
Until I started reading this book, I did not know it is a series of short stories. I have always expected this to be a novel with one main story. There is some connection between the stories as they represent the evolution of robot use throughout the life of one of the top robotics experts, Susan Calvin.
A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders ...more
"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 ...more
I LOVED this book so much. I honestly just want more of this. This concept was brilliant and the different situations and solutions that this author created were incredible. I'm so excited to read more from this author
I, Robot is written as a serious of stories featuring a group of ...more
I really enjoyed the overall arc and how it was presented. I also really dug how most of the stories were puzzles ...more
Date: 9-5-2025 11:15 EST
BOGERT : The reason I asked to see you today, Dr Calvin, is that my office has a disturbing rumour that you have developed a robot to write book reviews.
CALVIN : Well, that is correct. They have been functioning for some time.
BOGERT : I am surprised - surely reviewing books requires a fine discrimination of taste and ...more
Like any collection I found some stories to be strong than others with Robbie and Reason to be my two favourites.
With all the stories featuring originally in Sci-Fi magazines during the 1940s, I felt it was quite telling that the stronger tales were the earlier ones written.
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...more
❝ Science fiction writers foresee the inevitable, and although problems and catastrophes may be inevitable, solutions are not.❞
------------- Isaac Asimov--------------
This collection of concept-driven stories featuring robots were some of the first stories written by Science fiction god, Isaac Asimov. These stories also introduce the "Three laws of robotics" which became a milestone in science fiction history.
Pure logic based problem-solving and the genuine awe-inspiring imagination; ...more
I, Robot is my first Asimov book and I'm glad I started here. The book talks about many points when it comes to robots, or just technology in general. It opens with a girl who is attached ...more
This paperback version ...more
But this is the book that invented the Three Laws of Robotics, which are so famous that basically no one has ever ...more
I can't continue with this review. I'm starting to get too emotional. Sorry. A few things are still sacred, you know?
PS My real I, ...more
(Full disclosure: Book abandoned on page 86 [out of 273 pages].)
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). Asimovs vision is an inventive and interesting one, but it isnt geared to the ...more
I'm no sure why I wasn't aware this isn't a continuous narrative, but rather a collection of semi-connected short stories, so if you're like me - now you know. This wasn't an issue, I actually really like sci-fi short stories, but I just didn't love all of them. For a few of them I really liked the idea they were addressing, but the execution left me pretty cold. A few I actually really loved. And of course, the speculation revolving around Asimov's "Three Laws of Robotics" is ...more
The scope is far ranging - space colonisation, artificial intelligence, faster than light travel, one world government and resistance to the same (and to artificial intelligence which provides a kind of ultimate technocratic authority) relationships (in every story) between people and robots, particularly if there are or are ...more
1. Robbie - ★★★★★
Robbie depicts the strong bond between an eight years old girl and her non-speaking robot. Naturally, it is a strong one, and the mother tries desperately to break it.
The ending is a bit surprising, but expected.
TE AMO ROBBIE! (por si estaban con el pendiente ...more
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 ...more
Robbie - about a little girl and her robot friend and the Frankenstein complex regarding robots.
Runaround (Fuga în cerc) - about a mission for Gregory Powell and Mike Donovan (a team of engineers working at U.S. Robots) at the Mercury mines, involving a robot that, instead of extracting selenium from the mines, like it was ordered to, just runs around in a big circle, acting like ...more
Professor Asimov is generally considered one of the most prolific writers of all time, having written or edited more than 500 books and an estimated 90,000 letters and postcards. He has works published in nine ...more
Other books in the series
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.”