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I, Robot

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After having read this, I wonder what the movie is all about. It can’t even come close to the original content’s depth, therefore it is merely billed as “suggested by Isaac Asimov’s book”. The book is all about the three fundamental 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 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.

I, Robot was written in 1950 and reading it I was in awe of Asimov’s story telling skills all the time. Some expressions he uses, some depictions of protagonists’ lifestyles may sound outdated, but it’s still an excellent read.

The whole book is actually more like a collection of stories in some sort of chronological order, loosely held together by the life of Susan Calvin, chief robopsychologist at US Robots. The book doesn’t really develop any of its characters, giving lots of space to your imagination. In fact, more than one story kind of chilled me, but probably in a totally unintentioned way. One could create whole movies
and games of some of the stories.

Immerse into stories about distant planets, space ships and robotics labs, and enjoy the finale.

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  • Yeah, and it’s really too bad the movie didn’t use the great expanse of material from this book.

  • ken

    [I ][,] [r o b o t] [s u c k] [u] [k n o w m a]

  • jim

    good comment