This classic science fiction masterwork by Isaac Asimov weaves stories about robots, humanity, and the deep questions of existence into a novel of shocking intelligence and heart.
“A must-read for science-fiction buffs and literature enjoyers alike.”—The Guardian
I, Robot, the first and most widely read book in Asimov’s Robot series, forever changed the world’s perception of artificial intelligence. Here are stories of robots gone mad, of mind-reading robots, and robots with a sense of humor. Of robot politicians, and robots who secretly run the world—all told with the dramatic blend of science fact and science fiction that has become Asimov’s trademark.
The Three 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 to 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.
With these three, simple directives, Isaac Asimov formulated the laws governing robots’ behavior. In I, Robot, Asimov chronicles the development of the robot from its primitive origins in the present to its ultimate perfection in the not-so-distant future—a future in which humanity itself may be rendered obsolete.
“Tremendously exciting and entertaining . . . Asimov dramatizes an interesting question: How can we live with machines that, generation by generation, grow more intelligent than their creators and not eventually clash with our own invention?”—The Chicago Tribune
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein set the stage for a whole slew of stories exploring what happens when humans’ ambitious achievements become their ultimate undoing. In this mind-bending story collection, science fiction legend Isaac Asimov went full-on galaxy brain with this idea. His interconnected short stories are all set in a future where robots are commonplace; scientists program these artificial intelligences to protect humans, but things get much more complicated. Like in “Liar!,” when an AI discovers it can’t protect people without lying to them. Or in “The Evitable Conflict,” where machines decide the only way to safeguard humanity is by controlling it. A master storyteller (and an actual scientist), Asimov heightens the stakes with each tale, making his machines more and more sophisticated. Seventy years on, this science fiction feels more like fact every day.