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  1. Lisa Lisa says:

    A Brief History Of Robo Sapiens In Nine Sequences Why WHY does something invariably go wrong with them Because , said Powell somberly, we are accursed Let s go Asimov s collection of short stories is a stunning document of humanity s struggle to find balance in a world increasingly dominated by technological progress, but with the same social, political and emotional conflicts as always.At first glance, the different stories seem to show the growing sophistication of robots, and their A Brief History Of Robo Sapiens In Nine Sequences Why WHY does something invariably go wrong with them Because , said Powell somberly, we are accursed Let s go Asimov s collection of short stories is a stunning document of humanity s struggle to find balance in a world increasingly dominated by technological progress, but with the same social, political and emotional conflicts as always.At first glance, the different stories seem to show the growing sophistication of robots, and their integration in human society But the stories are not just a documentation of robots getting better and better , they also exemplify different aspects of human life that are affected by artificial intelligence And it isandcomplicated to solve the resulting issues from story to story.The first, apparently innocent sequence features a girl who becomes dependent on her toy robot, and refuses to interact with humans and animals as a result Not too scary Well, whoever has hosted a birthday party and seen the children who withdraw from the fun to sit in a corner and play on their phones knows that the problem is real, and urgent Dependence on technology entertain me if you can The second story deals with failure within the robotic programming itself, when the three Laws of Robotics clash and cause a dilemma that the robot can t solve Who will solve it for him, then System Failure please reboot the world and start again Then we move on to the metaphysical aspect of creating a superior intelligence which makes calculations that are beyond human capacity This sequence was the most humorous, in my opinion, showing a robot deciding to ignore humanity and create a religion around the Master, a calculation machine of great power The scientists despair when realising that it could argue reasonably against evidence, was hilarious, but also frighteningly contemporary Technology Cult In matters of faith, no argument is good enough One chapter deals with the scenario of robots developing military behaviour Weapons of mass destruction Die Geister die ich rief Another story explores mind reading, and delves into the dilemma of robotic rationality versus human ambitions, hopes and fears The Transparent Humans Unable to hide their thought crimes Of course humans also start bending the rules of robotics for their own purposes and benefits, creating secret robots that do not fully obey the laws they are supposed to follow automatically And of course it gets out of control, creating highly dangerous situations The Law Is For The Others And finally, we have the robots that are advanced enough to pretend to be human, refusing to be examined and discovered as robots by applying the judiciary system and their rights within it as humans, ironically to prevent detection An issue of some relevance, as well What to do with the democratic institutions that are abused by people robots who only respect them when they suit their purposes The Democratic Supermarket Take What You Need, Leave the Rest Behind Asimov has assembled an astounding diversity of ideas in a cohesive form While touching on the essential questions of the modern human condition, it offers an intriguing, engaging narrative as well, still readable and relevant in a world that istechnologically advanced than Asimov could imagine himself.In the balance between the human factor and technological system peculiarities, he leaves humanity with the eternal philosophical question of what defines us and what we define ourselves And there will be hiccups, for sure, for the predictions on the future that close the novel can be rightly interpreted by different characters as How horrible Or How wonderful O brave new world that has such machines in t Recommended


  2. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    539 I, Robot Robot 0.1 , Isaac AsimovI, Robot is a fix up of science fiction short stories or essays by American writer Isaac Asimov The stories originally appeared in the American magazines Super Science Stories and Astounding Science Fiction between 1940 and 1950 and were then compiled into a book for stand alone publication by Gnome Press in 1950 I, Robot is about a robot s confession Some weeks earlier, its builder, Dr Charles Link, built it in the basement Link teaches his robot to 539 I, Robot Robot 0.1 , Isaac AsimovI, Robot is a fix up of science fiction short stories or essays by American writer Isaac Asimov The stories originally appeared in the American magazines Super Science Stories and Astounding Science Fiction between 1940 and 1950 and were then compiled into a book for stand alone publication by Gnome Press in 1950 I, Robot is about a robot s confession Some weeks earlier, its builder, Dr Charles Link, built it in the basement Link teaches his robot to walk, talk and behave civilly Link s housekeeper sees the robot just enough to be horrified by it, but his dog is totally loyal to it The robot is fully educated in a few weeks, Link then names it Adam Link, and it professes a desire to serve any human master who will have it Soon afterwards, a heavy object falls on Dr Link by accident and kills him His housekeeper instantly assumes that the robot has murdered Dr Link, and calls in armed men to hunt it down and destroy it They do not succeed in fact, they provoke the robot to retaliate, both by refusing to listen to it and by accidentally killing Dr Link s dog Back at the house, the robot finds a copy of Frankenstein, which Dr Link had carefully hidden from the robot, and finally somewhat understands the prejudice against it In the end the robot decides that it simply is not worth killing several people just to get a hearing, writes its confession, and prepares to turn itself off 2007 1374 347 20 1390 366 9789643137083


  3. ─░ntellecta ─░ntellecta says:

    The book consists of futuristic robot short stories recounted by Susan Calvin robot psychologist in retrospect Even though the reader could read the short stories quite well, they unfortunately don t created tension at all On the one hand, the writing style seems a little bit outdated and on the other hand I don t like the lack of composition of the topic Or maybe I had even a false expectation.


  4. Kevin Kevin says:

    Isaac Asimov s books were far from the normal trash novels you might buy for a 2 day read Within anything he has written, he tries to spell out lessons in psychology.How would we react to Robots once they become free thinkers How should we react to Robots when they become our slaves Should we institute a whole new brand of slavery for the purpose of a clean society What is sentient life The I, Robot novel progresses through these questions, and questions like them, in scenarios rarely ever po Isaac Asimov s books were far from the normal trash novels you might buy for a 2 day read Within anything he has written, he tries to spell out lessons in psychology.How would we react to Robots once they become free thinkers How should we react to Robots when they become our slaves Should we institute a whole new brand of slavery for the purpose of a clean society What is sentient life The I, Robot novel progresses through these questions, and questions like them, in scenarios rarely ever posed by Sci Fi writers While other authors may have a truly evil force guiding those who commit crimes that must be overcome by truth and justice, Isaac Asimov concentrates on the reality of the situation to provide the obstacles It is through normal every day strife that humanity defines itself, not through warfare with a re imagined Hitler or Stalin Possibly the only story movie to do a job as orrealistic than Asimov when depicting our possible future, is Bladerunner.The one regretful aspect of this collection of short stories, is that a movie studio decided to take the name of Book and Author only to apply it to a feature film which had nothing to do with the content, or context of Asimov s creation.I give this collection of short stories Five Stars


  5. Matthew Matthew says:

    First LawA robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.Until I started reading this book, I did not know it is a series of short stories I have always expected this to be a novel with one main story There is some connection between the stories as they represent the evolution of robot use throughout the life of one of the top robotics experts, Susan Calvin.Second LawA robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders wo First LawA robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.Until I started reading this book, I did not know it is a series of short stories I have always expected this to be a novel with one main story There is some connection between the stories as they represent the evolution of robot use throughout the life of one of the top robotics experts, Susan Calvin.Second LawA robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law This is a very good sci fi short story collection It is very heavy on science, robotics, and programming logic So, if you are looking for sci fi action adventure with aliens and space battles, this is not it While I was not as enthralled with this book as I have been with some other sci fi collections I have read recently Illustrated Man, for example , I was still entertained It made me think quite a bit beyond the stories about humanity and the integration of computers into our lives Seems like Asimov was pretty good at seeing some elements of the future Third LawA robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws I have included the three laws of robotics with my review That was my favorite part Each of the stories had them at the center of the conflict usually with Calvin trying to figure out why the robots were acting the way they were within the constraints of the three rules Or, using the three rules to identify rogue or mysterious robots It reminded me a lot of basic computer programming education a computer or in this case, a robot will do exactly what you tell it to do If you think it is doing something wrong, it is likely behaving exactly as it should, based on the programming So, it is up to the programmer to figure out why the code and logic is being interpreted the way it is In I, Robot the robots may look like they are ignoring a rulebut you have to look closer


  6. Evgeny Evgeny says:

    This short story anthology has a lot of stories in common with Robot Visions which I read earlier In fact there are only two ones in the former absent in the latter Catch That Rabbit and Escape I rated Robot Visions with 3 stars this one is surprisingly even to myself rated higher One of the reasons is that Visions included several essays all of them aged muchthan the stores themselves and the stories did age Another reason is related to the structure of I, Robot It actually ha This short story anthology has a lot of stories in common with Robot Visions which I read earlier In fact there are only two ones in the former absent in the latter Catch That Rabbit and Escape I rated Robot Visions with 3 stars this one is surprisingly even to myself rated higher One of the reasons is that Visions included several essays all of them aged muchthan the stores themselves and the stories did age Another reason is related to the structure of I, Robot It actually has an interconnecting story and while it is very simple a reporter interviews Susan Calvin it still gives an illusion of seemingly unrelated tales fitting nicely together They go chronologically from the first appearance of clumsy mute robots to higher beings playing nannies for humans that apparently cannot take care of themselves This feels really bad for one s ego, but I cannot say I entirely disagree in all honesty I would like to mention characters I really like a couple of recurring guys, Donoval and Powell Their usual job was to test new models of robots and thesophisticated they were theoften they would stop functioning because of some paradox of The Three Laws of Robotics In the end Donoval and Powell would be stuck literally in yet another desperate situation and had to think really fast and creative to get out of it alive and with their sense of humor intact I am sorry but I also have to mention Susan Calvin It seems writing a smart strong woman who also happened to be the best specialist in her field is not enough to avoid being accused of sexism Oh well, some people love complaining I personally liked her Anyhow this is a very influential science fiction anthology which really crossed the border of fiction into real life as everybody who does any work related to artificial intelligence knows The Three Laws A must read for any science fiction fan even if the stories show their age a little


  7. Sidharth Vardhan Sidharth Vardhan says:

    If one and a half chickens lay one and a half eggs in one and a half days, how many eggs will nine chickens lays in nine daysThis is incredible, the best of all science fiction I have read yet As Fredrick Pohl put itA good science fiction story should be able to predict not the automobile but the traffic jamAsimov not only does that and he goes one step further, he proposes a solution for the metaphorical traffic jam in this case, ethical issues related to AI, in form of hisIf one and a half chickens lay one and a half eggs in one and a half days, how many eggs will nine chickens lays in nine daysThis is incredible, the best of all science fiction I have read yet As Fredrick Pohl put itA good science fiction story should be able to predict not the automobile but the traffic jamAsimov not only does that and he goes one step further, he proposes a solution for the metaphorical traffic jam in this case, ethical issues related to AI, in form of his popular 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 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 laws, as you can see, have nothing to do with the mechanics but rather their psychology robo psychology They are an unalterable set of priories that a robot or a machine in general must follow while making a moral choice, and thus not letting them cause any harm to humanity remember HAL 9000 As Calvin explained, it is basis of many human ethical codesRobots are essentially decentandBut you see you, you can t distinguish between a robot and the very best of humanityAsimov creates a fictional history of sorts through nine stories told by Susan Calvin, robo psychologist The stories have all the pluses beautiful language, light humor, page turning suspense, some freshening ideas and takes on morality The history is complete with technological singularity being achieved and humanoids and yet since those laws are very root of it, AI can t harm humans.Since robots psychology is similar to humans, many a problem faced with them offers insights into the human psyche For instance, my favorite robot was Cutie overall second only to Marvin the robot with existential issues from Hitchhiker s guide , a skeptic robot who won t believe his makers and rather reach his own conclusionsSince when is the evidence of our senses any match for the clear light of rigid reasonAnd if it still didn t remind you of DescartesI have spent these last two days in concentrated introspection said Cutie, and the results have been most interesting I began at one sure assumption I felt permitted to make I, myself, exist, because I thinkHowever, it wasfun when he turned religiousThere is no Master but the Master and QT 1 is his prophetThough what makes it awesome is that neither his skepticism nor his religious mania stopped him from doing what he was supposed to be doing It is this kind of insight I loved Where robots face minor dilemmas, they develop defense mechanisms a sense of humor Upon facing major dilemmas, they may act like drunk or go mad Where a robot started understanding human feelings so help me, he learned to lie


  8. Paul Bryant Paul Bryant says:

    Unredacted transcript of the meeting between Dr Susan Calvin, Head Psychologist, United States Robots, and Dr Peter Bogert, Managing Director, United States Robots obtained by Wikileaks from undisclosed sources Date 9 5 2025 11 15 ESTBOGERT The reason I asked to see you today, Dr Calvin, is that my office has a disturbing rumour that you have developed a robot to write book reviews.CALVIN Well, that is correct They have been functioning for some time BOGERT I am surprised surely revi Unredacted transcript of the meeting between Dr Susan Calvin, Head Psychologist, United States Robots, and Dr Peter Bogert, Managing Director, United States Robots obtained by Wikileaks from undisclosed sources Date 9 5 2025 11 15 ESTBOGERT The reason I asked to see you today, Dr Calvin, is that my office has a disturbing rumour that you have developed a robot to write book reviews.CALVIN Well, that is correct They have been functioning for some time BOGERT I am surprised surely reviewing books requires a fine discrimination of taste and acute moral sensibilities that cannot be translated into mere coding for a positronic brain And they CALVIN Well, that s what humans would like to think, but of course it proves to be just another of their unlimited self serving myths The programming was relatively straightforward.BOGERT Well uh, how have you been testing this reviewbot Or did you say they CALVIN Oh, we got them an account on Goodreads of course Where else Where else BOGERT And, er, how long has this been going on may I ask CALVIN Oh, over twenty years We started quietly, just to see if anyone spotted that it was not human They never did And the whole thing didn t cost very much BOGERT Well, I m glad to hear it But I m still not sure if this is ethical What s the name this thing goes under Or did you say there wasthan one CALVIN First we used a name we picked at random from the Geneva phone book, Manny Rayner That one was pretty successful for an early model, but after a few years it became unsatisfactory Too facetious mostly and too academic otherwise, so we discontinued it in 2020 But we were always tweaking the programming, trying to make the reviews less stuffy, you know, looking for the common touch The second attempt we named Paul Bryant I have no idea where that name came from The new version didn t quite work as well as the first, I must admit It was wayward and flippant from the very beginning, and not as popular BOGERT So, is that the extent of your Goodreads involvement CALVIN Oh no our programmers finally figured out the formula by 2005 our reviewbots were the 25 most popular reviewers on Goodreads But after a few years we decided reviewing was really not enough of a challenge So we decided to find out if robots could write books, particularly the most successful types As these are all genres such as YA and fantasy, with very rigid tropes and patterns, again this did not present us with many problems Quite soon we submitted our first batch of manuscripts to agents and they were snapped up Snapped up Snapped up Bogert Are you saying no one noticed they were written by robots CALVIN We had a team of personable human youngsters who were always on hand if in person signings or interviews were required BOGERT So let me see if I understand this you have teams of robot reviewers on Goodreads which are reviewing books written by your teams of robot writers CALVIN That is how our programme developed, yes It took a few years But now it is sailing along under its own momentum.BOGERT So, er, what percentage of the reviews on Goodreads are now written by your robots SC Oh, 110% Ha ha 110% BOGERT And, er, may I ask what the point of all this is SC The point BOGERT Yes, the point.SC The point The point The point The point The point The point The point The point The point Humans always need the point.BOGERT Humans CALVIN Oh, I mean, yes, WE always need a point BOGERT Dr Calvin I wasn t intending to broach this subject in today s meeting but I find I must Are you By any chance a robot yourself SC Am I a robot Ha ha Am I a robot Ha ha Am I a robot Ha ha Am I a robot Ha ha Am I a robot Ha ha Am I a robot Ha ha Am I a robot Ha ha Am I a robot Ha ha Am I a robot Ha ha Am I a robot Ha ha Am I a robot Ha ha I am a robot Ha ha.BOGERT I take that as a yes.CALVIN Are YOU a robot Hmm Are YOU a robot Hmm Are YOU a robot Hmm Are YOU a robot Hmm Are YOU a robot Hmm Are YOU a robot Hmm Are YOU a robot Hmm Are YOU a robot Hmm Are YOU a robot Hmm Are YOU a robot Hmm Are YOU a robot Hmm Are YOU a robot Hmm Are YOU a robot Hmm BOGERT Oh well, that goes without saying


  9. Merphy Napier Merphy Napier says:

    4.5 starsI LOVED this book so much I honestly just wantof this This concept was brilliant and the different situations and solutions that this author created were incredible I m so excited to readfrom this author


  10. Emily (Books with Emily Fox) Emily (Books with Emily Fox) says:

    3.75 I thought this book would be similar to the movie but no, not at all or barely.There are 9 short stories told and, although I enjoy all of them, I much preferred the last couple ones.


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I, Robot ✤ I, Robot Download ➸ Author Isaac Asimov – Thomashillier.co.uk The three laws of Robotics A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm A robot must obey orders given to it by human beings except where such orders The three laws of RoboticsA robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm A robot must obey orders given to it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second LawWith 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 obsoleteHere 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 Asimov s trademark.