Genre: Fiction/Science Fiction
Believe it or not (though those who know me would believe it) this is my first science-fiction book! I haven’t purposely been ignoring this massive genre of writing but I haven’t been overtly looking either….nonetheless, it’s been two days and I’m almost finish this one!
This book is a great introduction into the world of robotics and a neo-noir dystopian future (think ‘Blade Runner’ or ‘The Terminator’). Each chapter tells a different story of humans interactions with robots such as a mind reading robot, robots that have gone mad and one robot even questioning his own existence. The overarching storyline is an interview with retired Dr. Calvin, chief robopsychologist at U.S. Robots and Mechanical Men, Inc., the major manufacturer of robots as she reminisces of the changes to the robotics world between the 1990s-2040s.
Asimov’s novels changed the way readers’ perceived robots as he established the three laws of Robotics:
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 orders givein 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.
The writing is magnificent as each chapter has me genuinely concerned for the characters involved (human characters, that is) as they deal with the robot, designed by them, but who is not what they wanted. Though a lot of science gargon is used in order for the characters to solve the problem is it very easy to follow and understand what has gone wrong in each case.