History Literature / IRobot

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".
7th Jan '16 10:27:12 PM PaulA
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* RobotsThinkFaster: The speed of robot though processes and reaction times is a plot point in "Little Lost Robot".
5th Nov '15 10:17:26 AM nombretomado
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** [[TheProphetMuhammad ''There is no Master but the Master and QT-1 is his prophet!'']]

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** [[TheProphetMuhammad [[UsefulNotes/TheProphetMuhammad ''There is no Master but the Master and QT-1 is his prophet!'']]
19th Mar '15 8:49:40 AM ramendik
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** Yet suddenly avoided in a blink-and-you-miss-it case of brilliant prediction in "Little lost robot": ''"We need finer methods. They must havecomputers here. No.” He frowned and nibbled delicately at a thumbnail. “We can’t use computers. Too much danger of leakage."''. These lines were written in ''1947''.

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** Yet suddenly avoided in a blink-and-you-miss-it case of brilliant prediction in "Little lost robot": ''"We need finer methods. They must havecomputers have computers here. No.” He frowned and nibbled delicately at a thumbnail. “We can’t use computers. Too much danger of leakage."''. "'' These lines were written in ''1947''.
19th Mar '15 8:48:52 AM ramendik
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** Pretty much everything around, too. Mathematicians still use slide rules, computers are rare, and in "Escape!", a set of data from another company is delivered as "about five tons" of ''paper''.
** Yet suddenly avoided in a blink-and-you-miss-it case of brilliant prediction in "Little lost robot": ''"We need finer methods. They must havecomputers here. No.” He frowned and nibbled delicately at a thumbnail. “We can’t use computers. Too much danger of leakage."''. These lines were written in ''1947''.
3rd Mar '15 7:32:45 PM PaulA
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'''I, Robot''' is a collection of short stories by Creator/IsaacAsimov, connected with a framing story. The stories, told by a journalist interviewing Dr. Susan Calvin, eminent misanthrope and robo-psychologist for the US Robots Corporation, tell the history of robots and humans. Notable for redefining the perception of robots in fiction, introducing the word "robotics", and inventing the ThreeLawsOfRobotics (the latter two in the ''same'' short story, "Liar").

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'''I, Robot''' ''I, Robot'' is a collection of short stories by Creator/IsaacAsimov, connected with a framing story. The stories, told by a journalist interviewing Dr. Susan Calvin, eminent misanthrope and robo-psychologist for the US Robots Corporation, tell the history of robots and humans. Notable for redefining the perception of robots in fiction, introducing the word "robotics", and inventing the ThreeLawsOfRobotics (the latter two in the ''same'' short story, "Liar").



** Music/TheAlanParsonsProject album ''Music/IRobot'' was inspired by the novels. The band even got their blessing from Asimov himself, but unfortunately, due to a film/TV company already having the rights to the novels they were forced to make a few changes to the lyrics to make the songs less directly about the novels.
3rd Mar '15 2:39:04 AM Patachou
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''I, Robot'' is a collection of short stories by Creator/IsaacAsimov, connected with a framing story. The stories, told by a journalist interviewing Dr. Susan Calvin, eminent misanthrope and robo-psychologist for the US Robots Corporation, tell the history of robots and humans. Notable for redefining the perception of robots in fiction, introducing the word "robotics", and inventing the ThreeLawsOfRobotics (the latter two in the ''same'' short story, "Liar").

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''I, Robot'' '''I, Robot''' is a collection of short stories by Creator/IsaacAsimov, connected with a framing story. The stories, told by a journalist interviewing Dr. Susan Calvin, eminent misanthrope and robo-psychologist for the US Robots Corporation, tell the history of robots and humans. Notable for redefining the perception of robots in fiction, introducing the word "robotics", and inventing the ThreeLawsOfRobotics (the latter two in the ''same'' short story, "Liar").



If you are looking for the short story by Eando Binder that was later adapted for ''TheOuterLimits'', and from which Asimov's publisher stole the title, [[Literature/AdamLink click here]].

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If you are looking for the short story by Eando Binder that was later adapted for ''TheOuterLimits'', ''Series/TheOuterLimits'', and from which Asimov's publisher stole the title, [[Literature/AdamLink click here]].
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On the search for the album by Music/TheAlanParsonsProject? Look here: ''Music/{{I Robot}}''.


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** Music/TheAlanParsonsProject album ''Music/IRobot'' was inspired by the novels. The band even got their blessing from Asimov himself, but unfortunately, due to a film/TV company already having the rights to the novels they were forced to make a few changes to the lyrics to make the songs less directly about the novels.
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