Book Review: I, Robot

I, Robot by Isaac Asimov are a bunch of short stories that were released from 1940-1950 and were composed together in 1950. The stories follow a bunch of characters introduced by Asimov that make numerous appearance and their relationships with robots.

The novel starts off with the tale of Robbie, a companion robot. We see robots go from being used for companionship and not being able to talk to speaking like humans in a short amount of time. Asimov tells tales about human wit being used even though the robots are much smarter. Also, the robots are shown to be much better than humans because they are programmed to whereas humans aren’t shown the same love by Asimov.

The concepts the book juggles with are fun and interesting. Asimov thinks robots are great and believes the problem is and always has been humans. We have been fighting forever amongst each other and in the book, the age of robots brings peace. What is more interesting is that Asimov tackles one argument that has been thrown at robots and explains how it isn’t going to be an issue. He believes robots won’t steal jobs from people but instead utilize them efficiently so there will be jobs for everyone and world hunger will not exist anymore.

These ideas are thought provoking and I have to say, this world Asimov speaks of sounds great. Who knows if that’s how it will be but he does make a good point. We will be the ones programming the robots and can make them solve problems we cannot.

It was an interesting read and I loved all these ideas Asimov plays around with. He gives robots personalities and makes them feel very human. These stories were written about 80 years ago but feel timeless and fresh. I definitely recommend them and will be checking out the other books in the series.

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