I Robot Author:Isaac Asimov 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 give in 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 Firs... more »t or Second Law.
With this, 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 not-so-distant future--a future in which humanity itself may be rendered obsolete.
Here 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 & science fiction that became Asmiov's trademark.« less
I am a little disappointed in myself that I hadn't read this book until now (since I have been reading sci-fi for 30 years). On its own it is very well written except for a few pieces of stilted dialogue. The characterization was amazing for a set of short stories and the stories tied together nicely.
As someone with a very analytical mind I loved how each story boiled down to figuring out how the Three Laws were interacting and causing unexpected behavior in the various robots. I really like the concept of robopsychology as a discipline but wonder if it could exist outside of a world with such strong restrictions placed on all robot brains.
The fact that these stories were written between 1940 and 1950 makes them all the more intriguing to me. I am impressed that Asimov wrote about hyperspace travel and elegantly wove it into a story.
If you saw the Will Smith movie of the same title but haven't read the book then do yourself a favor: read the book and pretend the movie had a different title since they have nothing in common but the Three Laws of Robotics. The movie was a simple murder mystery but the book is a rich history of a world that might have been.
Not at all what I'd expected it to be. Don't get me wrong, It was absolutely amazing, but nowhere along the same plot lines as the movie. If you are looking for a book that matches the movie, this isn't the book for you.
I absolutely enjoyed it, and would recommend it to anyone who loves to read.