This was a labor to get through for me. Probably because it was basically multiple short stories. There wasn't a main character or plot for me to get into.
Considering it was first published nearly 70 years ago, this book had a lot of really incredible foresight and raises some interesting ethical questions about the future of mankind and what it means to be human. I found the repetitive structure a little boring at times, and had to force myself to focus on several occasions but I can see why this is considered a sci-fi classic.
The robot in this part of the book reminded me a little of my husband. He's a very logical man and if he has reached a conclusion using his formidable reason, there is no convincing him otherwise!
Hi people of Litsy! This is my first post and I'm not completely sure how things work here but I'm excited to have a community to share my love of books with! I'm currently reading: I, Robot by Isaac Asimov, which is a departure from my normal tastes, but I'm really enjoying it.
The “end of nationalism” as Dr. Calvin puts it. Imagine a world grouped by vast regions rather then small countries.
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
A great collection of interrelated stories about robot creation & development as seen from the very imaginative eyes of 1950. Because of its date, some of its human portrayals feel dated, but you have to appreciate the vision to intuit how robot development might occur, through the ages of more sophistication, and how the problems of robots might be caused by human‘s misunderstanding & mishandling of how the 3 laws would interact.
The 1950‘s...when the golden age of modern marvels was just 40 years ahead of us. I can‘t help reading some of this and thinking we‘ve been seriously slacking. We are at least 20 years behind schedule. 😂
Asimov's collection of loosely connected stories are based upon the Three Laws of Robotics. I, Robot works best when it veers off into more imaginative terrain. Case in point is "Escape!" featuring my two favorite characters, Powell & Donovan. Escape reads like a lost episode of Space Ghost. Asimov's representation of women is problematic & his descriptions of characters' physical movements are strange, but his influence on the genre is undeniable
This is one of my favorite books by one of my favorite authors.
The highlight of this reread (for a book club with @acorter and his brother and sister-in-law) was revisiting this quote by Susan Calvin (aka known as my childhood hero).
"Actions such as his could come only from a robot, or from a very honorable and decent human being. But you see, you just can't differentiate between a robot and the very best of humans."
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Finished it! Loved it! It was fun to see the early genesis of many sci-fi robot/AI tropes. Also great that a major robotics specialist who appears in most stories is female, although Asimov made sure to mention 1) she is cold and unattractive, and 2) she deals with psychology, not engineering or math. I mean, there was a limit to what the readers of 1950 would accept about the future, right? Still, props for including her. Recommended!
I don't have time to read this right now. I know I don't have time to read this right now. And yet, I checked it out on Overdrive today. It's a group read on one of my Goodreads groups, and I've wanted to read it for s long time. Watching the others discussing it was just too much for me. I guess I'll try it and see how far I get by the end of the month.
A must read for SciFi lovers. I loved every story! Sensational! Classic. "I, Robot is a collection of science fiction short stories that are woven together by a framing narrative in which the fictional Dr. Susan Calvin tells each story to a reporter (who serves as the narrator) in the 21st century." Entertaining level:????? #2015Sha
#InaGalaxyFarFarAway #maybookflowers Unfortunately, these are the only sci-fi/space-related books I have with me in my apartment. Please ignore Will Smith's face on I, Robot. I bought the book after the movie came out and the store only had copies with the movie cover. #moviecoverssuckbutohwell To be honest, the only one of these I've read is I, Robot. The other two have been on my TBR pile for over a year. Sigh... one day....
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Entirely different than the movie. It contains very little action and CGI, but instead follows the evolution of robots through the eyes of the world's most renowned robopsychologist. The story incorporated the logical reasoning and psychoanalysis that lead robotechnology to evolve to what it is today (well the today of the future, rather). It leaves you reflecting on man's relationship with the machines and how we will become to depend on them.
I just thought I'd give a shout out to FREE AUDIOBOOKS. The app OverDrive is connected to the library system and (using your library card) you can check out eBooks and audiobooks. Getting through I, Robot right now. How do you guys get your audiobooks?
The classic tales exploring the Three Laws of Robotics are both timeless and outdated. Stories about humanity are good - my favorite was Evidence, about a lawyer accused of being a robot. Stories based on technology are tedious and just wrong. The software engineer in me shudders at the haphazard testing methods and the notion that in the future machines will be infallible. Clearly he never envisioned a Windows PC. 3/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️
TBR Tuesday: my physical book pile. I am reading the top three, the others are much the same as last week... I also have electronic reads, mostly short stories.
I read this for the Seasons of Reading Sci-Fi Read-a-Thon. A lot of interesting thought goes into this book. I did have to continually remind myself that it was written in the 1940s. It is intriguing to try to problem solve the "Three Laws of Robotics" alongside the characters.
I have these in my TBR, plus Daniel Jose Older's Shadowshaper and Octavia Butler's Dawn on eBook. I start a Sci-Fi Read-a-Thon #SciFiSummerJune tomorrow and I know there is no way I'll get through all these with a very busy time at work. (Finals Week!) What do you think I should read first?