History Literature / IRobot

21st Feb '17 1:46:55 PM esq263
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* TheGreatPoliticsMessUp: "The Evitable Conflict" contemplates the Cold War -- like previous geopolitical conflicts -- ending in a stalemate before being made irrelevant by further developments in society.
18th Feb '17 2:01:55 AM PaulA
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* ContinuitySnarl: A couple of examples
** "Little Lost Robot", which, according to Dr. Calvin's narrative, is set in 2029, references a World Coordinator; however, in "Evidence", Dr. Calvin states that the first World Coordinator was elected in 2044.
** In "The Evitable Conflict", set in 2052, when Dr. Calvin is seventy, Bogert is said to be dead; however, in "Feminine Intuition", when Dr. Calvin is nearly eighty, Bogert is very much alive.


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** "Little Lost Robot", which, according to Dr. Calvin's narrative, is set in 2029, references a World Coordinator; however, in "Evidence", Dr. Calvin states that the first World Coordinator was elected in 2044.
** In "The Evitable Conflict", set in 2052, when Dr. Calvin is seventy, Bogert is said to be dead; however, in "Feminine Intuition", when Dr. Calvin is nearly eighty, Bogert is very much alive.
17th Feb '17 4:58:22 AM esq263
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* SocietyMarchesOn: Despite being set in the twenty-first century, these novels have a definite mid-twentieth-century feel to them. For instance, in "Little Lost Robot", when Dr. Calvin requests that a witness repeat a ClusterFBomb to her (given the time these stories were written, a NarrativeProfanityFilter is used), the man is obviously reluctant, given the fact that Dr. Calvin is a woman. Of course, being Susan Calvin, once she hears the stream of obscenities, she merely states that she knows what most of those words mean and suspects that the others are equally derogatory.
17th Feb '17 4:53:28 AM esq263
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* ContinuitySnarl: A couple of examples
** "Little Lost Robot", which, according to Dr. Calvin's narrative, is set in 2029, references a World Coordinator; however, in "Evidence", Dr. Calvin states that the first World Coordinator was elected in 2044.
** In "The Evitable Conflict", set in 2052, when Dr. Calvin is seventy, Bogert is said to be dead; however, in "Feminine Intuition", when Dr. Calvin is nearly eighty, Bogert is very much alive.


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* NotSoAboveItAll: Despite her misanthropy and stoic veneer, the one time Dr. Calvin looses her cool, particularly with a robot, is when the telepathic Herbie falsely tells her that a man returns her affections.
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.
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