I, Robot: A Book Review

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Isaac Asimov is a well-known author who specializes in science fiction, writing a series of books revolving around the futuristic setting of humanity, as well as exploring the logic of computers.  He wrote the book ‘I, Robot’, which, in addition to creating the term ‘robot’ for the world to use, explores the ‘Three Laws of Robotics’ that govern the technology in his futuristic world:  “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 the orders given to it by a human being, 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 rules laid down, it’s surprising how many loopholes and mishaps can still happen.  I, Robot is the first book in the series, and is a compilation of short stories about robots, with a few recurring characters.  The duration of the series is a single, longer story on a much larger scale, with a handful of people and robots fighting alongside each other for the survival of the human race.  Eventually, robots become so advanced they are indistinguishable from humans in appearance, leading to a lot of controversy over robot rights and whether or not robots should be allowed in positions of power and authority, such as government and judicial systems.

Trevin Conder is 21 years old and writes for the Snowdrift. He graduated from Hillcrest High School in 2012. He is a sophomore at Snow College and plans on majoring in Communications and wants to go into Film. He is big fan of Doctor Who and has started the club “The CSI Ephraim”. He is oldest of three children in his family. He currently lives in Ephraim, UT.

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