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
One of the best short stories of all time
If you only listen to part of this book, listen to the first section. It's the story of a girl and her robot friend that will bring you to tears. That part alone is worth the cost of the book, and the rest of the book is excellent as well.
This is first book by Isaac Asimov that I have listened/read, and I was immediately intrigued by the reasoning of the Three Rules of Robotics. "I, Robot" has a collection of several short stories, each of which explore the limits of the Three Rules. Although it is different from the movie, it is a very interesting story that I think that all science fiction fans will enjoy "I, Robot"
Not like the movie
The book has short stories that are provocative, funny, or just plain interesting. I think my favorite was 'Cutie'.
The picture is misleading. This book is not the movie, but instead a collection of short stories about robots and the 3 laws. Spooner was not a charcter created by Asimov, and the Machines (positronic brains that 'ruled' the world) were benevolent entities that realized that they would cause more harm than good and phased themselves out, contrary to the movie inwhich the big brain thought it had to imprison humanity, thereby violating the 0th law (in other books, Asimov reveals a 4th law inadvertently put into robots, that they can't purposefully harm humanity).