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I, Robot

 Author: Isaac Asimov  Category: Science Fiction  Published: December 2, 1950  Language: English  File Size: 23.4 MB  Tags: ClassicsFantasynovelRobotsScience fictionshort storiesSpeculative Fiction |  Download PDF


I, Robot by Isaac Asimov, explores the theme of Human Superiority and Control.


It is a collection of nine short stories that imagines the development of “positronic” (humanlike, with a form of artificial intelligence) robots and wrestles with the moral implications of the technology.

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 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 Laws.

Famous Quotes:

A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.

Logic is the beginning of wisdom, Valeria. Not the end.

Men have only one mind. But robots, in principle, can be endowed with as many minds as there are information paths leading to their electronic brains.

No machine may harm humanity, or through inaction allow humanity to come to harm, without answering for it.

His father had been a failure, in his way, and he did not want to sing a swan song that died in incompleteness long before it naturally had to.

There’s nothing in the Universe, so far as we can tell, but laws and the order implicit in them.

Logic cuts and clamps remorselessly, sifts all in fearsome symmetries, toothbrush into atoms, continent into molecules, electrons into energy, charge, charge into movement, movement into repulsive field.

Personally, Herbie, I feel it would be best if you return to Earth. Man, by his nature, does stupid things unless he is restrained.

If there was any one place where the contented grin should be standard minor attire, it was Mars.

When a bossing spirit rows, committees don’t consult the old logic as such. They consult unconscious ‘rules of thumb.’

Are you sure? Why can’t we rule out a secret order from a secret agency?

His world ended; so he sat down to lunch.

The Eternal prisoners were too committed to the Myth to risk cooperation.

He is perhaps the most distinguished roboticist of our times.

There was a time when robots were the stuff of nightmares, dreamt of only by science-fiction writers.

He wanted to go; so did she. So they went, and it turned Earth into Mars.

Men have always used computational assistance.

The essence of humanoid emotion and responses lies in the memories that charge it.

But the best you may do is to be worried and curious- especially curious. Very curious.

Whether you are human or machine, remember always that curiosity is the essence of life’s spark.