Yo, robot

paperback

Spanish language

Published Oct. 26, 1984 by Edhasa.

ISBN:
978-84-350-0121-2
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4 stars (299 reviews)

I, Robot is a fixup novel of science fiction short stories or essays by American writer Isaac Asimov. The stories originally appeared in the American magazines Super Science Stories and Astounding Science Fiction between 1940 and 1950 and were then compiled into a book for stand-alone publication by Gnome Press in 1950, in an initial edition of 5,000 copies. The stories are woven together by a framing narrative in which the fictional Dr. Susan Calvin tells each story to a reporter (who serves as the narrator) in the 21st century. Although the stories can be read separately, they share a theme of the interaction of humans, robots, and morality, and when combined they tell a larger story of Asimov's fictional history of robotics.

Contains: "Introduction" (the initial portion of the framing story or linking text) "Robbie" (1940, 1950) "Runaround" (1942) "Reason" (1941) "Catch That Rabbit" (1944) "Liar!" (1941) "Little Lost …

92 editions

Dry but solid exploration of of "the three laws" and its ramifications

4 stars

Isaac Asimov: I, Robot (Paperback, 1984, Del Rey) 4 stars

I read it in dribs and drabs over the past few months. Although obviously anachronistic about robotic hardware, computer technology, and gender relations since it was written so long ago it was still a great exploration of how "the three laws" of robotics plays out in life scenarios. I loved the vignette style format and its attempt to deep dive into the technical problems being explored. I can see why all that is way too dry for others though.

reviewed I, Robot by Isaac Asimov (Robot (1))

It's entertaining

3 stars

I've read other Asimov and enjoyed his work immensely, but this one was.. Okay? Like, its a collection of short stories that center around the logic in the three laws of robotics, but the problem is that some of the logic the characters employ isn't exactly logical? It was rather annoying to be screaming at the book about an obvious solution where the book also seemed to pride itself on being cerebral.

reviewed I, Robot by Isaac Asimov (Robot (1))

Basic in hindsight, but enjoyable

3 stars

I was feeling desperate for a change, so I picked one of the many short, unread novels off my shelf. I skipped the first story because I read it years ago and I remember thinking it was an unnecessary bore to a certain extent. Anyway, it was probably a good decision because the stories in the middle had a lot more action and intrigue to them.

It's probably an overstatement to call books like this "prophetic" or even "prescient" because the things that this book was talking about reveal themselves immediately with serious thought on the subject. For example, the dangers of humans not being able to understand the decisions of machines they created but feeling beholden to those decisions. If that was rocket science in the 1950s, that's only because the world was in fucking denial and high on its own early-computer-history hype. But, to be fair, that hype …

reviewed Les robots by Isaac Asimov (Le Cylce des Robots, #1)

Plat

3 stars

Début du Cycle des Robots de Asimov !

Un roman montrant l'évolution des robots dans une société farouchement opposée à leur présence sur Terre et dans les mondes habités. On y suit l'interview d'une robopsychologue (une psychologue roboticienne) de U. S. Robots à la fin de sa carrière, et narrant quelques histoires/nouvelles de robots ayant marqués la compagnie.

Le récit est très plat, on suit une série d'anecdotes sans qu'il n'y ai d’éléments venant chambouler le récit et faire ressentir quelque émotion, même si au fur et à mesure des nouvelles on a affaire à un nouveau type de robot, un nouveau cas d'utilisation et que l'on constate des changements technologiques dans la société.

La particularité des robots présentés porte sur leur rapport avec les fameuses Trois Lois de la Robotique, Asimov a pris plaisir à jouer avec, tantôt en les déséquilibrant, tantôt en les modifiant. Cela donne lieu à …

Review of 'Yo, robot' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

Colección de relatos cortos en los que Asimov plantea las tres leyes de la robótica. Escritos en los 50, se nota de forma perceptible el paso del tiempo por ellos. Sin embargo, su importancia para el resto del universo, la concepción social que supuso de los Robots, las leyes y que los relatos están basados en la psicología y aspectos sociales de los robots, lo hacen un imprescindible (y origen) del universo de Asimov.

Review of 'I, Robot' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

I read, for the first time, I, Robot many years ago. Reading it for the second time now it wasn’t, as it was probably expected, the same as when I first read it. Although, I still find the central idea interesting, I cannot say I am excited by the book, especially Asimov’s prose style.

The book is a collection of nine stories, first appeared in the pulp science fiction magazine Super Science Stories and in John W Campbell’s Astounding Science Fiction magazine between 1940 and 1950. If read from beginning to end, I-Robot can be seen as a story of robot evolution. Each story shares a common theme: the interaction between humans and robots and the concerns about the evolution of artificial intelligence.

All nine of the stories within the book share Isaac Asimov’s “Three Laws of Robotics”

1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, …

Review of 'I, Robot' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

I, Robot is a collection of interconnected stories exploring the Three Laws of Robotics. Anyone with even a passing interest in science fiction or robotics will have heard of Asimov’s laws and they have continued to be influential over 65 years later. The book is also charming to read.

Having learnt that introductions in many editions of classic novels often contain spoilers, I skipped the introduction here, without realising it’s actually part of the story. Take note! The premise is that a reporter is interviewing robopsychologist Dr Susan Calvin for the Interplanetary Press. Calvin has spent her career at the heart of US Robotics and has plenty of tales to tell.

The first story tells us of Robbie the robot who is a nursemaid for a young girl who loves him, but feelings towards robots are starting to turn. Soon robots are to be banned from Earth, but this tells …

reviewed I, Robot by Isaac Asimov (Robot (1))

Review of 'I, Robot' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

Asimov is one of the greats for his ideas, if not exactly his prose. There's a lot to quibble about with respect to the artistry in this book — in particular, the yawn-worthy, pseudo-Socratic exposition (only a scientist could think that two scientists talking to each other makes for a fascinating story). But getting past those stylistic inadequacies, and a few anachronisms, it's still interesting to think about the technical, ethical, social and political problems presented by robots and "machine men."

One of the things that struck me as odd is the persistent insistence by characters — who are typically scientists or engineers — to call various outcomes or reasonings "impossible," only to be shown that such outcomes or reasonings are, in fact, quite possible. I have not decided yet whether this repetition is a grand insight on Asimov's part, i.e., a commentary on the tendency of humans to set …

reviewed I, Robot by Isaac Asimov (A Bantam Spectra book)

Review of 'I, Robot' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Like the early Foundation books, there's a great mix of prescience and persistence of early 50's values and culture. As the age of information engulfs us, I'm surprised that the central issue in this book - how to keep control of the machines - hasn't reached our cultural consciousness yet.

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