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I, Robot (Robot, #0.1) I, Robot by Isaac Asimov
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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?”
Isaac Asimov, I, Robot
“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.”
Isaac Asimov, I, Robot
“You can prove anything you want by coldly logical reason---if you pick the proper postulates.”
Isaac Asimov, I, Robot
“Fifty years," I hackneyed, "is a long time."
"Not when you're looking back at them," she said. "You wonder how they vanished so quickly.”
Isaac Asimov, I, Robot
tags: time
“Every period of human development has had its own particular type of human conflict---its own variety of problem that, apparently, could be settled only by force. And each time, frustratingly enough, force never really settled the problem. Instead, it persisted through a series of conflicts, then vanished of itself---what's the expression---ah, yes, 'not with a bang, but a whimper,' as the economic and social environment changed. And then, new problems, and a new series of wars.”
Isaac Asimov, I, Robot
“It's your fiction that interests me. Your studies of the interplay of human motives and emotion.”
Isaac Asimov, I, Robot
“Postulates are based on assumption and adhered to by faith. Nothing in the Universe can shake them.”
Isaac Asimov, I, Robot
“... you just can't differentiate between a robot and the very best of humans.”
Isaac Asimov, I, Robot
“All normal life, Peter, consciously or otherwise, resent domination. If the domination is by an inferior, or by a supposed inferior, the resentment becomes stronger.”
Isaac Asimov, I, Robot
“There is nothing so eternally adhesive as the memory of power.”
Isaac Asimov, I, Robot
“You are the only one responsible for your own wants.”
Isaac Asimov, I, Robot
“I, on the other hand, am a finished product. I absorb electrical energy directly and utilize it with an almost one hundred percent efficiency. I am composed of strong metal, am continuously conscious, and can stand extremes of environment easily. These are facts which, with the self-evident proposition that no being can create another being superior to itself, smashes your silly hypothesis to nothing.”
Isaac Asimov, I, Robot
“The Master created humans first as the lowest type, most easily formed. Gradually, he replaced them by robots, the next higher step, and finally he created me, to take the place of the last humans.”
Isaac Asimov, I, Robot
“There is no Master but the Master,” he said, “and QT-1 is his prophet.”
Isaac Asimov, I, Robot
“They recognize the Master, now that I have preached Truth to them. All the robots do.”
Isaac Asimov, I, Robot
“It is always useful, you see, to subject the past life of reform politicians to rather inquisitive research.”
Isaac Asimov, I, Robot
“People say 'It's as plain as the noise on your face.' But how much of the nose on your face can you see, unless someone hold a mirror up to you?”
Isaac Asimov, I, Robot
“These are facts which, with the self-evident proposition that no being can create another being superior to itself, smashes your silly hypothesis to nothing.”
Isaac Asimov, I, Robot
“You’ll have such proof as exists. You are the only one responsible for your own wants.”
Isaac Asimov, I, Robot
“Because, if you stop to think of it, the three Rules of Robotics are the essential guiding principles of a good many of the world’s ethical systems. Of course, every human being is supposed to have the instinct of self-preservation. That’s Rule Three to a robot. Also every ‘good’ human being, with a social conscience and a sense of responsibility, is supposed to defer to proper authority; to listen to his doctor, his boss, his government, his psychiatrist, his fellow man; to obey laws, to follow rules, to conform to custom—even when they interfere with his comfort or his safety. That’s Rule Two to a robot. Also, every ‘good’ human being is supposed to love others as himself, protect his fellow man, risk his life to save another. That’s Rule One to a robot. To put it simply—if Byerley follows all the Rules of Robotics, he may be a robot, and may simply be a very good man.”
Isaac Asimov, I, Robot
“First of Isaac Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics:
A robot may not injure a human being, or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.”
Isaac Asimov, I, Robot
“Oh, hell! I can’t sleep!” “Neither can I! But I might as well try—as a matter of principle.”   Twelve hours later, sleep was still just that—a matter of principle, unattainable in practice.”
Isaac Asimov, I, Robot
“Πέρασα αυτές τις δύο μέρες εξετάζοντας εντατικά τον εαυτό μου", είπε ο Κιούτι, "και τα συμπεράσματα ήταν πολύ ενδιαφέροντα. Άρχισα από την μόνη βέβαιη υπόθεση που νόμιζα ότι μπορούσα να κάνω. Εγώ ο ίδιος υπάρχω, επειδή σκέπτομαι".
Ο Πάουελ αναστέναξε: “Ω, Θεέ μου,ο Καρτέσιος ρομπότ”.”
Isaac Asimov, I, Robot
“And his idea of solid comfort was to be left in utter solitude for two or three hours.”
Isaac Asimov, I, Robot
tags: i, robot
“Cada período del desarrollo humano, Susan, tiene su tipo particular de conflicto, sus problemas distintos que, aparentemente sólo pueden resolverse por la fuerza. Y jamás, por decepcionante que esto sea, la fuerza resuelve el problema. En su lugar, éste persiste a través de una serie de conflictos y se desvanece por sí solo... ¿cómo dice la frase?, no con un estallido, sino con su susurro, a medida que el ambiente económico y social cambia. Y entonces, nuevo problema y nueva serie de guerras. Un ciclo, al parecer, sin fin.”
Isaac Asimov, I, Robot
“The real point of the matter is that what we call a ‘wrong datum’ is one which is inconsistent with all other known data. It is our only criterion of right and wrong.”
Isaac Asimov, I, Robot
“The first step in cooking rabbit stew is catching the rabbit.”
Isaac Asimov, I, Robot
“Isaac Asimov's "Three Laws of Robotics"

A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
A robot must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.”
Isaac Asimov, I, Robot
“-La humanidad ha perdido todo control sobre su futuro
-No lo ha tenido jamás, en realidad.Estuvo siempre a merced de unas fuerzas económicas y sociológicas que no entendía, de los caprichos del clima y de los azares de la guerra.”
Isaac Asimov, I, Robot
“The unwritten motto of United States Robot and Mechanical Men Corp. was well-known: “No employee makes the same mistake twice. He is fired the first time.”
Isaac Asimov, I, Robot

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