Wednesday, October 30, 2013

I, Robot by Isaac Asimov (2nd attempt)

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 the 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.
The 3 laws you see above, dominate the book.  Every chapter reinforces the importance of the 3 laws.   Each chapter is like a short story about Robots.  There are certain characters that filter through but for the most part they are stand alone stories.  The first chapter is written like a children's story or a cautionary fairytale.  As you get deeper into the book the stories become more complex and deal with some weighty subject matter.  The final 2 chapters are the most interesting with the argument is man better with or without computers its centre piece.

It is very clear the influence that Isaac Asimov had on Science Fiction.  The amount of books and short stories that Asimov has completed is astounding.  This maybe said a lot but there wouldn't be Science Fiction without Asimov.  This a great read if you have never delved into Science Fiction before and want to get at its heart and soul.

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