As humans and robots struggle to survive together, and sometimes against each other, on earth and in space, the future of both hangs in the balance. Here human men and women confront robots gone mad, telepathic robots, robot politicians, and vast robotic intelligences that may already secretly control the world. And both are asking the same questions: What is human? And is humanity obsolete?
©1950, 1977 Isaac Asimov; (P)2004 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.
The story was very interesting and grabs you right from the beginning. Though there were a couple chapters that I didn't follow as closely as others (disclaimer: I listened during my morning and evening commutes so my attention level could have been affected by my tiredness level).
The narrator was wonderful! I've listened to some stories that I couldn't finish because the voice was either annoying or boring. I would gladly listen to any other story narrated by Brick.
Overall I gave the book a 4/5 mainly because although I found it interesting I wasn't wholly captivated to the point where I HAD to listen to it. It definitely made my commute more entertaining though.
This is an awesome story: I have read it before as a kid, and reread it as an adult. But listening to Scott Brick narrate it is an even different experience, and very enjoyable.
I had read the book before so I knew that the movie was only loosely based on the book. If you're expecting the same or even similar plot line as the movie...don't bother.
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.
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