THE CLASSIC COLLECTION OF ROBOT STORIES FROM THE MASTER OF THE GENRE.
Earth is ruled by master-machines but the Three Laws of Robotics have been designed to endure humans maintain the upper hand:
1) A robot may not injure a human being or 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.
But what happens when a rogue robot’s idea of what is good for society contravenes the Three Laws?
Amazingly took me this long to get around to reading one of the classics.
I have seen the film and , shock of all shocks, it bears only a passing resemblance to the book.
The book is less about the technology and much more about the developing psychology of Robots , working around the changing understanding of the famous three rules of robotics.
Rather than one story the development is shown in a very interesting series of short stories told through the recollections of a famous Robopsychologist.
The little quirks that pop up , and how they are explained are intriguing and the oddities that pop up in the Robots range from funny to sinister.
This book is definitely a thinker , challenging your mind in many ways.
The three rules start out as something simple but the delicate balances between how they can be interpreted in given circumstances or after certain orders , and where they lead in the long wrong show how even something so simple can be very complex as well.
The level of genius is brilliant. and its definitely a Sci-Fi that has aged well