I, Robot (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) (Robot Novels) School & Library Binding – November 1, 1991
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- Lexile Measure : 820L
- Grade Level : 7 - 9
- Item Weight : 7 ounces
- School & Library Binding : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 078577338X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0785773382
- Product Dimensions : 4.34 x 1.04 x 7.08 inches
- Publisher : Turtleback Books; Bound for Schools & Libraries ed. Edition (November 1, 1991)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,651,498 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.
The book really sets in place the laws of robotics and drills them into the reader's mind. It will make you think, however, because laws cannot be broken. Circumstances sometimes force the laws to be broken and that's when problems arise. The end of the novel (no spoilers, don't worry!) will really make you think about a lot of things, particularly the dynamic between human and machine and the dependence upon them.
It's a relatively short book and will keep you entertained the entire time. It's got the feeling of classic science fiction and his writing style reminded me a little bit of Richard Matheson, which made me that much more interested. I would recommend this to anybody who saw the terrible Will Smith movie by the same name and wants it to be redeemed.
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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 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
The film IRobot bears very little similarities to the book!