History Literature / IRobot

16th Aug '16 4:32:31 PM NOYB
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* TheManBehindTheMan: [[spoiler: In the end, robots have essentially become this for humanity.]]

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* TheManBehindTheMan: [[spoiler: In the end, robots have essentially become this for humanity.]]humanity]].



* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: [[spoiler: It's strongly implied that this is Calvin's attitude towards [[ShootTheDog what she did to Herbie]]. Notably, out of all the things she talks about in the book, that subject alone is traumatic enough that she nearly calls off the whole interview.]]

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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: [[spoiler: It's strongly implied that this is Calvin's attitude towards [[ShootTheDog what she did to Herbie]]. Notably, out of all the things she talks about in the book, that subject alone is traumatic enough that she nearly calls off the whole interview.]]interview]].



* ObstructiveBureaucrat: At "The Evitable Conflict", Stephen Byerley, Coordinator of the Earth, suspects someone is sabotaging the Machines, powerful robots that advice the best decision to humanity. He asks for help investigating this to the four Vice Coordinators of the four regions in that Earth is divided. All they dismiss the idea and none helps Byerley, insisting they are doing their jobs well. Justified, because [[spoiler: The Machines already control humanity and they will never let anyone competent enough to initiate an investigation have the job]].

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* ObstructiveBureaucrat: At In "The Evitable Conflict", Stephen Byerley, Coordinator of the Earth, suspects someone is sabotaging the Machines, powerful robots that advice advise the best decision decisions to humanity. He asks for help investigating this to from the four Vice Coordinators of the four regions in that Earth is divided. All they divided into. They all dismiss the idea and none helps help Byerley, insisting they are doing their jobs well. Justified, because [[spoiler: The the Machines already control humanity and they will never let anyone competent enough to initiate an investigation have the job]].
13th Aug '16 10:34:57 PM TheRoguePenguin
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* HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace: Powell and Donovan are ''dead'' during the hyperspace jump. The period of their deaths was made... interesting, with an advertisement for Cadaver's Coffins and the lines to get into hell.
** {{Invoked|Trope}}. The computer that sent them there knew this, and even though it was temporary, it unbalanced the computer, causing it to become a practical joker.

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* HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace: Powell and Donovan are ''dead'' during the hyperspace jump. The period of their deaths was made... interesting, with an advertisement for Cadaver's Coffins and the lines to get into hell.
** {{Invoked|Trope}}.
hell. The computer that sent them there knew this, and even though it was temporary, it unbalanced the computer, causing it to become a practical joker.



* MeaningfulName: Susan Calvin is based in John Calvin, influential French theologian whose theories could be over simplified as: HumansAreBastards and they cannot get [[EarnYourHappyEnding salvation for themselves]], [[YouCantFightFate God chooses some for salvation, others for damnation]] (in the latter camp, presumably, is [[{{Hypocrite}} Calvin)]]. Notice how Susan seems to think she has the right to [[DrivenToMadness destroy the mind]] ([[AndIMustScream which is not deactivated]]) of RB-34 in "Liar!", she insists on destroying the NS-2s [[TheEvilsOfFreeWill who are allowed to let a human come to harm by inaction]] in "Little lost Robot", but she approves of a robot who could get power over humans in "Evidence" only because he is smart, and easily [[YouCantFightFate accepts the fact that there are machines who secretly control humanity for its own good]] in "The Evitable conflict".
** Asimov, however, always denied any such connection, stating in his autobiography that "Calvin" was the name with the fewest changes to make from "Caldwell," the character's original surname, based on one of Asimov's college professors. Asimov worried that Professor Caldwell might not like the use of her name in a story, so he changed it.

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* MeaningfulName: Susan Calvin is based in John Calvin, influential French theologian whose theories could be over simplified as: HumansAreBastards and they cannot get [[EarnYourHappyEnding salvation for themselves]], [[YouCantFightFate God chooses some for salvation, others for damnation]] (in the latter camp, presumably, is [[{{Hypocrite}} Calvin)]]. Notice how Susan seems to think she has the right to [[DrivenToMadness destroy the mind]] ([[AndIMustScream which is not deactivated]]) of RB-34 in "Liar!", she insists on destroying the NS-2s [[TheEvilsOfFreeWill who are allowed to let a human come to harm by inaction]] in "Little lost Robot", but she approves of a robot who could get power over humans in "Evidence" only because he is smart, and easily [[YouCantFightFate accepts the fact that there are machines who secretly control humanity for its own good]] in "The Evitable conflict".
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conflict". Asimov, however, always denied any such connection, stating in his autobiography that "Calvin" was the name with the fewest changes to make from "Caldwell," the character's original surname, based on one of Asimov's college professors. Asimov worried that Professor Caldwell might not like the use of her name in a story, so he changed it.



* NeedleInAStackOfNeedles: A robot with a edited-down version of the First Law is told to get lost, and hides among a shipment of other identical robots. The only difference between them is in the software, so it's not easy to catch him.

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* NeedleInAStackOfNeedles: A robot with a edited-down version of the First Law is told to get lost, and hides among a shipment of other identical robots. The only difference between them is in the software, so it's not easy to catch him.him, especially since he teaches the other robots to mimic him to the best of their ability.
21st Jul '16 11:48:35 PM PaulA
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* MiraculousMalfunction: In "Liar!", the robot's psychic abilities are the result of a production accident.
12th Jul '16 6:23:17 PM PaulA
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* FieryRedhead: Mike Donovan.
12th Jul '16 3:20:13 AM Morgenthaler
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* RedheadedHero / FieryRedhead: Mike Donovan.
28th Jun '16 2:08:52 PM Ramidel
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* AIIsACrapshoot: Thanks to the ThreeLawsOfRobotics this is largely avoided, mostly because Asimov thought the idea of this happening was ''absolutely ridiculous'' (and boring/cliche as a story concept). Though the book does address several issues in which the Three Laws could conflict, the sphere of actions available to a robot while still obeying the Three Laws or alternate interpretations of the Laws that could be reached and and adhered to.

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* AIIsACrapshoot: Thanks to the ThreeLawsOfRobotics this is largely avoided, subverted, mostly because Asimov thought the idea of this happening was ''absolutely ridiculous'' (and boring/cliche as a story concept). Though the book does address several issues in which the Three Laws could conflict, the sphere of actions available to a robot while still obeying the Three Laws or alternate interpretations of the Laws that could be reached and and adhered to. Bottom line, if a robot seems to be going cuckoo, it's normally a result of human error, or else a situation that the Laws didn't plan for.
2nd May '16 7:00:16 PM PaulA
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* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: The book heavily examines this. Though robots are treated as tools by humans, there are increasingly strong hints that they're developing sentience. The corporations that produce robots have people like Calvin deal with supposed glitches and malfunctions, many of which are obviously ''not'' flaws in the robot's programming but rather hints of dissent or desire to be treated equally, making it more akin to a dictator quietly murdering people who oppose them. [[spoiler: Ironically, by the end the ''robots'' are ultimately the ones running things from behind the scenes.]]
** Susan Calvin is even described as a robot psychologist, instead of a programmer or technician, indicating that the designers of robots at least have some indication how complex their creations truly are, even if they are still vastly underestimating them.

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* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: The book heavily examines this. Though robots are treated as tools by humans, there are increasingly strong hints that they're developing sentience. The corporations that produce robots have people like Calvin deal with supposed glitches and malfunctions, many of which are obviously ''not'' flaws in the robot's programming but rather hints of dissent or desire to be treated equally, making it more akin to a dictator quietly murdering people who oppose them. [[spoiler: Ironically, by the end the ''robots'' are ultimately the ones running things from behind the scenes.]]
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Susan Calvin is even described as a robot psychologist, instead of a programmer or technician, indicating that the designers of robots at least have some indication how complex their creations truly are, even if they are still vastly underestimating them.them. [[spoiler:Ironically, by the end the ''robots'' are ultimately the ones running things from behind the scenes.]]
2nd May '16 9:45:46 AM ErikModi
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** Susan Calvin is even described as a robot psychologist, instead of a programmer or technician, indicating that the designers of robots at least have some indication how complex their creations truly are, even if they are still vastly underestimating them.
12th Jan '16 12:14:36 AM Vi47
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* BenevolentAI: Pretty much all the robots in the stories, thanks to the above mentioned Laws of Robotics. A vast majority of all robots exist completely harmlessly aiding and giving peace to human life. The only subversions are entirely due to extreme circumstances or, much more commonly, ''human'' error.
7th Jan '16 10:27:25 PM PaulA
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* RobotsThinkFaster: The speed of robot though processes and reaction times is a plot point in "Little Lost Robot".

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* RobotsThinkFaster: The speed of robot though thought processes and reaction times is a plot point in "Little Lost Robot".
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