I, Robot by Isaac Asimov

I, Robot

byIsaac Asimov

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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 givein 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 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 and science fiction that has become Asmiov's trademark.

Title:I, RobotFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:June 1, 2004Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0553900331

ISBN - 13:9780553900330

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from dont read this fell asleep during the book and the movie
Date published: 2018-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than the movie This collection of stories is much better than the movie of the same name. Which is why I don't like this particular edition, movie tie-ins are ugly and this book is so vastly different from the movie that it doesn't even make sense to have a tie-in edition. Still, worth a read if you're a fan of sci-fi!
Date published: 2017-10-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not at all like the movie It was decent though, don't get me wrong, but if it hadn't been for the huge hype of the movie, I never would've read this, nor would I have enjoyed it, even it was the tiniest little bit.
Date published: 2017-06-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Collection of Stories. This a collection of short stories revolving around Asimov's three laws of robotics. The stories are interesting and thrilling to read. I loved this book! (As a side note: this is nothing like the movie at all, so if you picked this up expecting it to be similar don't be surprised.)
Date published: 2017-01-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Robot tales This is a collection of short stories that tells the tale of the development of robots from simple companions and miners to machines that indirectly run the planet. And throughout, the stories that emerge when Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics become entangled with human issues are excellent at illustrating the changing applications of robots and the attitudes towards them. The recurring characters of Powell and Donovan were a surprising find in this collection. They are frequently employed to field test the newest robotic prototypes and, inevitably, are put in precarious & dangerous positions because of this. I feel that this is great introduction to Asimov's robots and their laws. I'm excited to move onto the Robot novels in the future.
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful I remember reading this book when I was first a child. And it opened my world to so many possibilities. I doubt that many parts of my life would have been the same without this book.
Date published: 2016-11-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A decent story with some flaws The book I, Robot by Isaac Asimov follows the tales of robot testers Greg Powell and Mike Donovan, as told by the viewpoint of the robot psychologist Dr. Susan Calvin. This book discusses a future in which robots play a huge part in the automation of many human tasks, eventually leading to the development of machines capable of running the world. I, Robot was originally published as a series of short stories in the 1940s, in a time period during and after World War II. Though this book can be read as a novel, and I recommend that you do so, when reviewing and judging this book, you will find this book much more enjoyable if you judge it as a collection of short stories. Character development suffers in this novel, and shows this novel’s heritage as originating as a collection of short stories. The characters are mostly flat and two-dimensional, and not much character development occurs in this novel. These flat characters can serve to make the reading rather tedious, and leaves the reader wanting more. The theme of the novel has been fairly well developed, however. The story is told as a sequence of events, following the increasing complexity of technology and the issues that follow. The introduction of a robot capable of feeling emotion brings the issue of the ethics of treating these robots as inferior beings to a head, while the final two chapters of the book discusses how world leaders become obsolete, being replaced by machines. The plot of I, Robot does make the reader think. The reader will see the situations that Donovan and Powell are in, and will try to work out ways to solve these problems, much like a puzzle. If you enjoy puzzles, then you will enjoy the Donovan and Powell plot lines in the middle of the book. Though the writing style of I, Robot can be rather bland at times, there are some areas where Asimov shines. This book is not for everyone, and when judged it should not be judged as a full novel. For those who enjoy science fiction and puzzles, this will be a good read, however, those who are reading only for plot may wish to pass on this novel.
Date published: 2013-04-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Commendable classic but lacking in depth A collection of short stories surrounding the theme of the relationship between humans and robots, I, Robot, is written from the memories of Dr. Susan Calvin, a robot psychologist. Asimov’s stories are centered on the Three Laws of Robotics, used to express his views on humanity’s relationship with robots. Portrayed are moral, intellectual, and authoritative conflict between humans and robots as they try to coexist on earth as well as many philosophical and science fictional concepts. The structure of the novel being short stories put together results in slightly different themes from each chapter, each only briefly developed and with limited relation to each other. The plot also lacks a continuous storyline with suspense building up to a climax. Readers are left with snippets from various themes, feeling very disconnected as a whole. Characters in the novel were all very flat, with no development, a crucial flaw as readers generally relate to stories through character background and emotions. Calvin, the main character of the story, was very wooden and presented as a someone who is fond of robots, yet only the negative view of robots’ harm to humans is clearly expressed in the novel, while the positive aspects are not. Readers will also find Asimov`s writing style simplistic, being very plain and lacking depth. Consequently, the novel feels tedious and boring at times, but thankfully, Asimov expresses humour in a few of his stories, providing comical relief. I, Robot however, deserves recognition as it established the foundation of robotics and science fiction novels of the like. The novel initiated robot series’ and presented new concepts such as the Three Laws of Robotics and interstellar travel. Contrarily however, readers who are looking for more societal views and enjoy plot development may be disappointed. As one of Asimov’s first novels, I, Robot is deficient in style, plot, and character development. Its thematic content is also very scattered, invoking various philosophical ideas, often without plausible conclusions. Nevertheless, the novel is highly commendable for its robotic concepts, especially taking into consideration that it was written at a time when technology had just begun to advance. I recommend it to readers who enjoy short stories as well as to science fiction fans who will understand and appreciate the technological and methodical facets of it
Date published: 2013-04-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not what I was expecting It’s common knowledge that movie adaptations of books often deviate from the original content, and I, Robot by Issac Asimov is no exception. However, the actual book, a collection of short stories surrounding the relationships between robots and humans, differs so much from the movie it is difficult to see why they both share the same name. I, Robot is certainly an interesting book that brings many philosophical questions on morality and humanity to light, but I can’t help but feel that it falls short when trying to appeal to less avid sci-fi fans. As stated before, I, Robot is a collection of short stories on the subject of robots, so there is very little continuity between chapters. However, the general plot of the book details the creation and development of robots from their initial use as menial labour to reaching such a level of intellectual capability that humans now cede most world affairs to machines. I have a mixed opinion of the book. Considering that Asimov wrote all of these stories separately, he has done an admirable job of linking them together. However, when it comes down it, the plot is quite lacking.There is no prevailing goal for humans to work towards; it almost seems that they are advancing technology for technology’s sake. It is this lack of goal that causes a lack of climax, as at no point is it apparent that a significant change has occurred. Characters are well-developed enough for a short story, but are simply too static for a novel. They undergo zero development, and do not initiate events, but merely react to them. The main theme of I, Robot is a little difficult to discern from all of the varied rhetorical questions raised by the individual stories, but it is there. Each individual chapter has its own theme and leads up to a philosophical question on humanity, but these all culminate to the main themes of whether humankind is too over reliant on technology, and if the creation of technological solutions is replacing the need for human innovation. The only problem is that theme is not continually developed by each chapter so much as each chapter’s theme is somewhat related to the overarching one. In terms of conveying the theme, Asimov does an acceptable job. Each chapter does aptly display how humans rely more and more on robots to perform tasks, despite the overarching theme not being as clear as it could be. I couldn’t help but feel that the book could have a better back-story to their society. The need for robots is not explained well, and the driving forces behind robot development needed to be revealed. In the end, I feel that I, Robot is severely wanting in the sense of a novel. Many of the story elements seem more suited for a short story than a full-blown book. The futuristic setting and atmosphere are wonderfully established, as to be expected from Asimov, but it takes determination not to be off-set by the slow pace, weak overall plot, and stale characters. If I, Robot had been left as a collection of short stories, it would be better off, as attempting to build a larger plot around them has only built up disappointment.
Date published: 2013-04-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I Robot, Isaac Asimov I Robot by Isaac Asimov is a collection of nine science fiction stories which deal with the relationships between humans and robots. As one of Asimov's earliest novels, it introduced the Three Laws of Robotics that have set the standard for the use of robots in science fiction. The stories are tied together via the reminiscences of Dr. Susan Calvin, a robopsychologist for U. S. Robots and Mechanical Men, the corporation that invented and manufactured intelligent robots and computing machines. She reflects upon the evolution of these robots and discusses how little humanity really understands the artificial intelligence it has created. Each story illuminates a problem encountered when a robot interprets the three fundamental Laws and something goes awry. One robot questions the reason for his existence. Another feels a necessity to lie. Yet another has an ego problem. The later stories introduce the reader to the Machines, powerful computing robots without the typical humanoid personalities of the working robots, that control the economic and industrial processes of the world and that stand between mankind and destruction. I am personally, not very fond of this book. Because after reading the entire book, I found it was very dull and boring. I thought the beginning was very uninteresting, and the book had no real climax to it or any “ooh and aah” moments. In addition, the ending had no real point or message. The start of the book had a very dry beginning. A good introduction should be intriguing and an attention grabber. For example, in the introduction the author gave us a sample of what’s to come in the approaching chapters. By doing that he didn’t allow the reader to have a chance to predict what’s coming up, instead he told everyone what will happen later and ruined the element of surprise. The first chapter talked about this robot that goes by the name of Robbie. Robbie is owned by an ordinary family. The robot is basically their daughter Gloria’s babysitter. The chapter continues by talking about how the mother wants to get rid of Robbie because she believes he is unsafe. This beginning was very uninteresting; a relatively orthodox introduction. The author talked too much about the details and he stretched the story for too long. Some of the pages in the middle of this section felt empty and like they were pointless. The other point I found while reading I felt the absence of a climax. The nine chapters barely related to each other. The only relationship they had was that they contained the same characters. The chapters were just a collection of different experiences that these characters run into. There was no source of excitement or anything to leave you flabbergasted. In each chapter the protagonists face a problem and they always seem to find the solution to it or the reason behind it. Moreover, there was no real action in the book, and nothing to leave you hanging and wanting more. I myself am a fan of science fiction and prior to reading this book I had high expectations for it. Unfortunately after I read it I realized I was wrong. Another reason as to why I dislike this book is the pointless and meaningless ending. The ending could have been a lot better if the author didn’t waste time talking about the different regions. The whole abstract of the last chapter was that robots became very advanced to the point where we started allowing them to govern us and they became superior to us. This ending was so predictable because all the foreshadowing events. My conclusion is that this book was uninteresting and colorless. The beginning was very dull, there was no climax or anything to leave you wanting more, and last but not least the ending felt like it was not thought through and that it could have been better. However this doesn’t mean that Isaac Asimov is a terrible writer. I am confident that others might feel different towards this novel, but for myself I didn’t like it.
Date published: 2013-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from U.S. Robots and Mechanical Man oh my! I, Robot is a collection of 9 short stories by Isaac Asimov. The stories are all told by Dr. Susan Calvin, the chief robopsychologist at U.S. Robots and Mechanical Men, Inc. They are told to a reporter who is doing a human interest piece on Dr. Calvin. I really did enjoy this collection of short stories. It's amazing at just how small the world was back in the 1940s. All the stories are very well written, I really enjoyed "Runaround", "Reason", "Little Lost Robot" and "Evidence." All of the stories are great, those 4 just stuck with me a little more. I also found a copy of "I, Robot" by Eando Binder which is a short story that had the name I, Robot first which is a confession by a robot named Adam Link. The short story plays out very much like Frankenstein, so it was just enjoyable.
Date published: 2012-05-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Recommended Read This classic tale of the 1950s is a series of vignettes which explore what it means to be human through our interaction with artificial intelligence, both from our and their perspectives.
Date published: 2007-12-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Interesting I found this to be an interesting book, though repeatitive. I lost interest about 2/3 of the way through, though still continued to read it.
Date published: 2006-08-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A few names... I have to admit, I re-read this due to the massive need to comprehend what - if anything - had come from this collection of short stories and entered the Will Smith movie I saw the other night. Short answer? Some of the character names. This is an at-times quite moving collection of short stories with some interesting ideas tucked between them. Watching the over-all story arc of the evolution of robotics and robotic intelligence - and, sometimes more interestingly, the robotic soul. Mankind's frustrations with their own nervous states (especially through the eyes of Dr. Calvin, who narrates or introduces most of the tales). All in all, this was a solid bit of work for its day - but quite frankly, it's starting to show a bit of wear. For one, grown adults saying, Sizzling Saturn! as a curse just doesn't cut it, contemporarily speaking, and the science is often rather flat.
Date published: 2004-10-29