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I, Robot (The Robot Series) Mass Market Paperback – November 1, 1991
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“A must-read for science-fiction buffs and literature enjoyers alike.”—The Guardian
I, Robot, the first and most widely read book in Asimov’s Robot series, forever changed the world’s perception of artificial intelligence. Here are stories of robots gone mad, of mind-reading 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 trademark.
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 given 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, simple directives, Isaac Asimov formulated the laws governing robots’ behavior. In I, Robot, Asimov chronicles the development of the robot from its primitive origins in the present to its ultimate perfection in the not-so-distant future—a future in which humanity itself may be rendered obsolete.
“Tremendously exciting and entertaining . . . Asimov dramatizes an interesting question: How can we live with machines that, generation by generation, grow more intelligent than their creators and not eventually clash with our own invention?”—The Chicago Tribune
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- ASIN : 0553294385
- Publisher : Spectra; Media tie-in edition (November 1, 1991)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780553294385
- ISBN-13 : 978-0553294385
- Lexile measure : 820L
- Item Weight : 5.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.16 x 0.78 x 6.86 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #129,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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What he had was great IDEAS, and this book represents a whole slew of them. Beginning with Robbie, the prototype of a Jetsons-style house robot hired to babysit, he traces the use and development of robots, to end with them guiding the world's future.
In these pages, Asimov postulated the Three Laws of Robotics, now required reading for anyone working with robots or AI. Unlike most SF writers of his generation, he didn't see robots as mindless machines, but beings who can think and reason (and even feel emotion). The stories are told by Susan Calvin, a robopsychologist-- someone who specializes in robot minds-- a profession undreamt-of before this book.
Asimov was a product of his time, and 1950s office slang, technology and prejudices often crop up (such as making a red-haired Irishman quick-tempered). He also failed to predict digitalization, resulting in several laughable references to vacuum tubes and the like. But after awhile, you discount these flaws and remember only his brilliant ideas about what's to come.
BTW, the last chapter, with its ideas about mathematically guiding human socioeconomics, is a wonderful lead-in to Asimov's magnum opus, his Foundation series.
Asimov introduces his three laws of robotics that were created to ensure safety which appear foolproof. He also predicts fear and animosity from the general population. There's also a gradual exploration and exploitation of the solar system. This is a classic and must read in order to fully appreciate all his later robot themed novels.
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It makes the point that because of the 3 laws you can't tell a robot from a good human, my interpretation is you don't need 10 commandments just the 3 laws
written in the 50s) but the humanist core of the stories are as fresh as ever.
HIGHLY recommended, if you like Sci-Fi, this is essential reading.
It's hard to argue that an AGI would not consider itself superior to humans, and the creation of the three laws of robotics and the implications, the warnings, implicit in this book for mankind make it something anyone embarking on a career in ML/AI should read as a required text.