Spoiler-Free Review: iRobot

“if Byerley follows all the Rules of Robotics, he may be a robot, and may simply be a very good man.”

Author: Issac Asimov

Issac Asimov was sick of stories where robots over threw humanity. These scfi rebrandings of Frankenstein were everywhere in the 1950’s and it was quickly becoming boring. Asimov knew that if humans really created AI we would build it to think in a way that meant it literally couldn’t think to harm us. Enter Asimov’s famous three laws of robotics.

First Law: A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.

Second Law: A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.

Third Law: A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws

_ I, Robot

If you only know the Will Smith movie of the same name, let me assure you, it just happens to have the same name. This collection of short stories is fun, and you can trace something of a future history, with each story taking place farther in the future than the last story. It’s a really nice collection of short stories, and I highly recommend it to any fan of Scifi

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