Faced with mindless duty, when an audio book player slips into a rear pocket and mini buds pop into ears, old is made new again.
Isaac Asimov stretched the imagination of science with a prescient understanding of robotics, in his book I, Robot. I, Robot, a book published in 1950, was a vision of the future; i.e. a vision that attracts and repels its reader. Attraction comes from a vision of human liberation and possible salvation. Repulse comes from a vision of robotic dependence and loss of human volition.
With the advent of Artificial Intelligence, some of Asimov’s vision of the future is blurred. If A.I. can be improved to the level of human brain function, morality becomes a part of a C.P.U.’s decision-making process. Of course, this leads to a more complicated set of problems but morality becomes a part of the decision making process. Ray Kurzweil takes that possibility a giant step farther by suggesting A.I. become a part of the human genetic code, melding human minds with C.P.U. capabilities. That science fiction novel might be titled “I, Robot, 2.0”. A new set of problems would be revealed in stories of enhanced human ability to lie, cheat, and steal in the pursuit of money, power, and prestige.
A fascinating introduction to the authors robot populated world.
It's interesting to read not just for its great story, but also for the comparison to sci-fi written now or even a couple of decades ago.
The idea that a walking interacting robot is relatively easy, but a talking robot is much harder is delightful.
Very well performed recording.
I recommend this audio book and the ones that follow to anyone who likes classic sci-fi
At first this book seems to content out of several short stories. But it is all about the development of artificial intelligence in computers/robots, there pros, cons and problems. Basic questions are packed in short stories that keep you listening. Great book and great method to address the problems around AI's.
I have always loved the philosophical ideals of this story collection. The outstanding narration fleshes this out to a great listening experience.
I'm doing my thesis for college on Artificial Intelligence and this book covers one of the bigger topics in my paper. On top of being a very logical book the story was very surprising. I had never seen the movie prior to this but the book it NOTHING like the movie. Thank God! The book is 10x better than the book. Scott Brick is wonderful and convinced me the whole way through the book. The only part that's a bit slow in the book in the first couple chapters but after that it pick up with more interesting robots.
Herbie was my favorite in the story, it was like a soap opera listening to it.
Classic sci-fi about the development of robots in human history. At first, the book was hard to follow because it's a series of short stores about the development of robotics. Then, when that became obvious, the book became a fun listen. After Asimov describes the three rules of robots, the book develops around those--from mute robots through politician robots. The book draws on human characteristics. I think I'll read number two in the series.
The only thing this book has in common with the movie is robots.
That said, I loved the movie and I loved the book. They are just two completely different entities.
This is a typically awesome Asimov book. And the performance was well done. Not spectacular. But professionally done, and produced with attention to detail.
He's no Frank Muller. But very few have achieved a Muller level of impassioned delivery.
Good book. Decent performance. And nothing like the movie.
A true epic
Scott Brick is my favorite narrator. I'm hard of hearing and have difficulty with some narrators. I think that if I wouldn't have started with Scott's narration, I probably would've dismissed audio books entirely or maybe not even have given them a chance. I've been ordering from Audible since 2004.
You should know that the I,Robot started out as a collection of many short stories. Isaac Asimov pulled them all together and made an epic story out of it. Therefore, it gets a bit repetitive, as the protagonists constantly repeat the Laws Of Robotics. However, a grand scale story was put together that spans a person's lifetime. But it is easy to listen to, as each chapter can be listened to in pieces, over time, and generally represents a complete story, in itself.
I loved the first story about the little girl and her robot care-taker. It is so simple but lovely. Really, all the stories are amazing because this still seems futuristic even though it was written more than 50 years ago.
I love this book because it is a bunch of short stories that weave together to make something more impactful. So it is good listening to it in little bits, and when you put the pieces together and see how the robots evolve makes for a complex story.