REVIEW ☆ I Robot By Isaac Asimov

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REVIEW ☆ I Robot By Isaac Asimov ☆ The three laws of Robotics1 A robot may not injure a human being or through inaction allow a human being to come to harm2 A robot must obey orders given to it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law3 A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not coThe three laws of Robotics1 A robot may not injure a human being or through inaction allow a human being to come to harm2 A robot must obey orders given to it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law3 A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the Fir. A Brief History Of Robo Sapiens In Nine Seuences “Why WHY does something invariably go wrong with them”“Because” said Powell somberly “we are accursed Let’s go” Asimov’s collection of short stories is a stunning document of humanity’s struggle to find balance in a world increasingly dominated by technological progress but with the same social political and emotional conflicts as alwaysAt first glance the different stories seem to show the growing sophistication of robots and their integration in human society But the stories are not just a documentation of robots getting “better and better” they also exemplify different aspects of human life that are affected by artificial intelligence And it is and complicated to solve the resulting issues from story to storyThe first apparently innocent seuence features a girl who becomes dependent on her toy robot and refuses to interact with humans and animals as a result Not too scary Well whoever has hosted a birthday party and seen the children who withdraw from the fun to sit in a corner and play on their phones knows that the problem is real and urgent Dependence on technology entertain me if you canThe second story deals with failure within the robotic programming itself when the three “Laws of Robotics” clash and cause a dilemma that the robot can’t solve Who will solve it for him then System Failure please reboot the world and start againThen we move on to the metaphysical aspect of creating a superior intelligence which makes calculations that are beyond human capacity This seuence was the most humorous in my opinion showing a robot deciding to ignore humanity and create a religion around the Master a calculation machine of great power The scientists’ despair when realising that it could argue “reasonably” against evidence was hilarious but also frighteningly contemporary Technology Cult In matters of faith no argument is good enoughOne chapter deals with the scenario of robots developing military behaviour Weapons of mass destruction Die Geister die ich riefAnother story explores mind reading and delves into the dilemma of robotic rationality versus human ambitions hopes and fears The Transparent Humans Unable to hide their thought crimesOf course humans also start bending the rules of robotics for their own purposes and benefits creating secret robots that do not fully obey the laws they are supposed to follow automatically And of course it gets out of control creating highly dangerous situations The Law Is For The OthersAnd finally we have the robots that are advanced enough to pretend to be human refusing to be examined and discovered as robots by applying the judiciary system and their rights within it as humans ironically to prevent detection An issue of some relevance as well What to do with the democratic institutions that are abused by peoplerobots who only respect them when they suit their purposes The Democratic Supermarket Take What You Need Leave the Rest BehindAsimov has assembled an astounding diversity of ideas in a cohesive form While touching on the essential uestions of the modern human condition it offers an intriguing engaging narrative as well still readable and relevant in a world that is technologically advanced than Asimov could imagine himselfIn the balance between the human factor and technological system peculiarities he leaves humanity with the eternal philosophical uestion of what defines us and what we define ourselves And there will be hiccups for sure for the predictions on the future that close the novel can be rightly interpreted by different characters as How horrible Or How wonderful O brave new world that has such machines in’tRecommended


Not so distant future a future in which humanity itself may be rendered obsoleteHere are stories of robots gone mad of mind read robots and robots with a sense of humor Of robot politicians and robots who secretly run the world all told with the dramatic blend of science fact and science fiction that has become Asimov's trademar. Unredacted transcript of the meeting between Dr Susan Calvin Head Psychologist United States Robots and Dr Peter Bogert Managing Director United States Robots obtained by Wikileaks from undisclosed sources Date 9 5 2025 1115 ESTBOGERT 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 reviewsCALVIN Well that is correct They have been functioning for some time BOGERT I am surprised surely reviewing books reuires a fine discrimination of taste and acute moral sensibilities that cannot be translated into mere coding for a positronic brain And theyCALVIN Well that’s what humans would like to think but of course it proves to be just another of their unlimited self serving myths The programming was relatively straightforwardBOGERT Well uh how have you been testing this reviewbot Or did you say “they”CALVIN Oh we got them an account on Goodreads of course Where else Where else BOGERT And er how long has this been going on may I ask CALVIN Oh over twenty years We started uietly just to see if anyone spotted that it was not human They never did And the whole thing didn’t cost very much BOGERT Well I’m glad to hear it But I’m still not sure if this is ethical What’s the name this thing goes under Or did you say there was than oneCALVIN First we used a name we picked at random from the Geneva phone book “Manny Rayner” That one was pretty successful for an early model but after a few years it became unsatisfactory Too facetious mostly and too academic otherwise so we discontinued it in 2020 But we were always tweaking the programming trying to make the reviews less stuffy you know looking for the common touch The second attempt we named “Paul Bryant” I have no idea where that name came from The new version didn’t uite work as well as the first I must admit It was wayward and flippant from the very beginning and not as popular BOGERT So is that the extent of your Goodreads involvementCALVIN Oh no – our programmers finally figured out the formula – by 2005 our reviewbots were the 25 most popular reviewers on Goodreads But after a few years we decided reviewing was really not enough of a challenge So we decided to find out if robots could write books particularly the most successful types As these are all genres such as YA and fantasy with very rigid tropes and patterns again this did not present us with many problems uite soon we submitted our first batch of manuscripts to agents and they were snapped up Snapped up Snapped up Bogert Are you saying no one noticed they were written by robots CALVIN We had a team of personable human youngsters who were always on hand if in person signings or interviews were reuired BOGERT So let me see if I understand this – you have teams of robot reviewers on Goodreads which are reviewing books written by your teams of robot writers CALVIN That is how our programme developed yes It took a few years But now it is sailing along under its own momentumBOGERT So er what percentage of the reviews on Goodreads are now written by your robotsSC Oh 110% Ha ha 110%BOGERT And er may I ask what the point of all this isSC The point BOGERT Yes the pointSC The point The point The point The point The point The point The point The point The point Humans always need the pointBOGERT HumansCALVIN Oh I mean yes WE always need a pointBOGERT Dr Calvin I wasn’t intending to broach this subject in today’s meeting but I find I must Are you By any chance a robot yourselfSC Am I a robot Ha ha Am I a robot Ha ha Am I a robot Ha ha Am I a robot Ha ha Am I a robot Ha ha Am I a robot Ha ha Am I a robot Ha ha Am I a robot Ha ha Am I a robot Ha ha Am I a robot Ha ha Am I a robot Ha ha I am a robot Ha haBOGERT I take that as a yesCALVIN Are YOU a robot Hmm Are YOU a robot Hmm Are YOU a robot Hmm Are YOU a robot Hmm Are YOU a robot Hmm Are YOU a robot Hmm Are YOU a robot Hmm Are YOU a robot Hmm Are YOU a robot Hmm Are YOU a robot Hmm Are YOU a robot Hmm Are YOU a robot Hmm Are YOU a robot HmmBOGERT Oh well that goes without saying

Isaac Asimov ↠ 1 REVIEW

I Robot By Isaac AsimSt or Second LawWith these three simple directives Isaac Asimov changed our perception of robots forever when he formulated the laws governing their behavior In I Robot Asimov chronicles the development of the robot through a series of interlinked stories from its primitive origins in the present to its ultimate perfection in the. This short story anthology has a lot of stories in common with Robot Visions which I read earlier In fact there are only two ones in the former absent in the latter Catch That Rabbit and Escape I rated Robot Visions with 3 stars; this one is surprisingly even to myself rated higher One of the reasons is that Visions included several essays; all of them aged much than the stores themselves and the stories did age Another reason is related to the structure of I Robot It actually has an interconnecting story and while it is very simple a reporter interviews Susan Calvin it still gives an illusion of seemingly unrelated tales fitting nicely together They go chronologically from the first appearance of clumsy mute robots to higher beings playing nannies for humans that apparently cannot take care of themselves This feels really bad for one's ego but I cannot say I entirely disagree in all honesty I would like to mention characters I really like a couple of recurring guys Donoval and Powell Their usual job was to test new models of robots and the sophisticated they were the often they would stop functioning because of some paradox of The Three Laws of Robotics In the end Donoval and Powell would be stuck literally in yet another desperate situation and had to think really fast and creative to get out of it alive and with their sense of humor intact I am sorry but I also have to mention Susan Calvin It seems writing a smart strong woman who also happened to be the best specialist in her field is not enough to avoid being accused of sexism Oh well some people love complaining I personally liked her Anyhow this is a very influential science fiction anthology which really crossed the border of fiction into real life as everybody who does any work related to artificial intelligence knows The Three Laws A must read for any science fiction fan even if the stories show their age a little