I chose to read I, Robot by Isaac Asimov. I-Robot, a science fictional novel, was published in 1950 and later became a movie in 2004 featuring Will Smith.
Isaac Asimov was born on January 2, 1920 in Russia. His family immigrated to Brooklyn, New York when he was toddler. Asimov taught himself how to read by the age of 5. He graduated in 1939 form Columbia University with a Bachelors of Science in Chemistry (Isaac Asimov). He wrote several short stories that got published in scientific magazines and had several books published such as The Gods Themselves, The Mule, and Foundation stories.
I, Robot is story within a story about the use of robots in the twenty first century. An interviewer interviews Doctor Susan Calvin about her experiences of working at United States Robot and Mechanical Men Incorporation. She tells the interview about several mishaps that occurred and about specific robots. The first story she tells is about a robot named Robbie who was made and sold in 1996. Robbie was a non-vocal robot sold as a nursemaid. Dr. Susan talks about the Weston’s who had purchased a Robbie for their little girl, Gloria. Mrs. Weston feared that Gloria was around Robbie too much, so she had Mr. Weston give Robbie back to U.S. Robots. After this story, Dr. Calvin goes on talking about several expeditions that humans took with robots along their side.
Throughout the book, the three laws of robotics are mentioned, and Asimov is later credited for coining the robotics. The first law states, “a robot may not injure a human being, or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm”. The second law states, a robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law. The third law states, a robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law. Dr. Calvin mentions several scenarios of robot malfunctions that arose due to the commands given to these robots, which contradicted the three laws. Several other issues arose when the robots positronic brains got altered or when the robots started to become more like humans. The novel centers itself around the three laws along with psychology, and the ethics behind scientific experiments.
I choose to read this book because it seemed to be easy to understand, and was written a little more recently then most of the other books. I have also seen the movie I, Robot and wanted to see how the book was like. The movie is completely different from the book, and personally liked the book better. After reading this book, one can better understand what scientists thought the future would be like and learn more about important scientific events that took place in the late twentieth century.