“ This is set of short stories about robots and their interaction with humans. They are all linked by a prominent Robopsychologist reminiscing about her career with the US Robotics Corporation. The stories are the first mention of the 3 Laws of Robotics (1. A robot must not harm a human, 2. A robot must obey all orders given by humans, unless they break rule 1, 3. A robot must protect itself unless in doing so, they break laws 1 or 2). It starts off small with a robot nanny and expands out to the world controlling master robots, and reflect on the 3 laws and the consequences of how they are implemented.
I love this stories. The movie is only very loosely based on one of the short stores, but I do recommend reading this. This isn't the first time I'e read these, and I'm sure it won't be the last.
Finished : 12/4/13”
“Nothing like the movie. I haven't seen the film but I thought this was one book. It works good as a series of stories that builds up the development of robots.I didnt like the book much though.”Kendrick wrote this review 3 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Isaac asimon really know his stuff in the book i robot he explores the recation of an alien invasion and now everyone has to stand together to surivre the attack. and rebuild civiliztion”sholan wrote this review Wednesday, November 20, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This collection of short stories shows the history of the development of robots, and how the three laws of robotics has contributed to their rise. This book has basically set the standard for all robot stories there are to be told.”Levi Kay wrote this review Tuesday, November 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“There are three basic laws to Robotics:
1) A robot may not injure a human being or, through its 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 Laws.
I, Robot explores the impact these three laws have in different situations. The story is told in an arc of different vignettes over the span of Dr. Susan Calvin's life. Powell and Donovan are central to most of her stories as they are practical engineers and test new robots. They interact with the robots and use deductive reasoning determine the underlying causes of the various robotic issues. The stories range from a robot nanny, to a mind reading robot, to a robot with a sense of humor, to a robot politician.
What a fun read! This one has been on my to be read list for quite some time. I love the way that Asimov blends the three laws of Robotics in with some true science and, of course, science fiction. I think I would have enjoyed the book a bit more if one or two stories were focused on and more developed. I am not a huge fan of short stories as I want to know more about the characters. While this wasn't truly a short story, the series of vignettes felt like that in respect to the robots. The robots were different from each story and only the scientists themselves reappeared in one story to the next. ”
“amazing. great ideas and perspectives in terms of human behavior.”Flux wrote this review Sunday, October 13, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I enjoyed reading this book because it has an uncommon way to write this particular story, a little like a movie and not too descriptive but it is an original and entertain story.
it is easy to read and good for young science fiction readers because it consists of short stories and because it is a classic from the literature .
it needs a effort by the reader to imagine the book and it could change the way that you will see the robots and the creations of them.”
“This is a collection of 9 short stories published in 1950 framed and linked by an interview with Dr Susan Calvin, robot psychiatrist for US Robots and Mechanical Men. Dr. Calvin, a "frosty woman" is one of Asimov's strongest characters period, and one of the most memorable female characters in classic science fiction. I also think Asimov is often more effective in his short stories than novels, and robots are one of his signature themes. Despite that, I think other short stories and anthologies by Asimov are more impressive. Nevertheless, taken as a whole, the stories are great in their variations and development on the theme of Asimov's "Three Laws of Robotics" wired into every robot's "positronic brain."
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 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.
In that regard, most of these stories examine a permutation of these "laws" and are interesting puzzles, though they lack emotional punch. The one that comes closest in that regard, I think, is "Liar!" and that is the story I remembered best.
I've never seen the film with Will Smith. Reading the plot summary of it, I can see common elements, but if you're expecting this to follow the film you're going to be surprised--among other things, this isn't really a unified story, and Smith's character, Del Spooner, doesn't exist in the book.”
“An amazing read. Isaac was the pioneer of his time in robots, he even coined the word 'Robot'. I, Robot is a collection of short stories that explores the 3 laws of Robots and what happens when they go wrong. It is not the same as the movie I, Robot. The movie is a different plot but still based on the 3 laws.”Brian wrote this review Friday, September 20, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I Robot is the book that first introduced the world to the Three Laws of Robotics, which are: 1. A robot may not… yadda yadda yadda. 2. A robot must obey… etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. 3. A robot must protect… yeah, we get it already! Read ’em in the other reviews if you really need reminding.
Three better-known laws (in SF circles) one can hardly imagine. But it should be simpler, shouldn’t it? They are servants, right? “Hey Robot, butter my toast!” How hard can it be? If you should order your robot to kill somebody, it’s your fault, not the robot’s. Much like if you order your car to run somebody down, your gun to shoot someone, or your chainsaw to chop somebody in half.
But no. Because of the Three Laws, I Robot is not a collection of stories of detectives forensically trying to find out who ordered the robot to kill (which is what the movie was). Instead it is a collection of stories in which robot mechanics try to logically work out why robots are doing seemingly illogical things given that they are governed by three logical protective laws. Like running in circles around a pool of selenium. Or telling Dr Calvin that the hunky guy down the hall secretly loves her when he doesn’t. Or playing hide and seek.
The Three Laws will of course never really work in practice. We need our robots to be able and willing to kill us. What would most video games be if the ’bots couldn’t shoot back at us? Boring.
Okay, I’d better say something about the stories. They’re great. They’re well-written in a straightforward kind of way, which is what is needed when the story is otherwise tying you into logical knots. In no case did I actually guess the solutions in advance. But I am easily confused.
And the characters. The mechanics Powell and Donovan, who turn up in all the stories, are really just tools of the author. Dr Susan Calvin, however, is a real literary character. She is larger than life, unlikeable, irritating, loveless, and a genius. She’s fantastic. She’s one of those characters other writers like to use. I wonder if she herself was based on another character, who was in turn based on another, and so on. Her actual inspiration might have been my great great grandmother who, I understand, was a bit of a cow.
The robots themselves deserve special mention. They are characters too, and often much more interesting than the other human characters. Which serves to confirm Dr Calvin’s belief that robots are better than people, and to make one wonder if Isaac Asimov was a robot himself.
Reviewed by the author of Copout.”