On Wednesday, October 26, 2016 we will meet to discuss I, Robot by Isaac Asimov. We will meet at 11:30 a.m. in room 2527.
I, Robot is a collection of short stories, all written between 1940 and 1950. These stories were previously published in either Super Science Stories or Astounding Science Fiction. In 1950, Gnome Press compiled them into a single book, woven together with an interview with Dr. Susan Calvin, who tells these stories as individual historical events.
Asimov created 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 given 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 Laws.
He was an author and a professor of biochemistry at Boston University. He was considered one of the “Big Three” of science fiction writers (Robert A. Heinlein and Arthur C. Clark were the other two). In addition to science fiction, Asimov also wrote mysteries and fantasy as well as non-fiction subjects, including astronomy, math, history, chemistry and Shakespeare.
He was a long-time member and vice-president of Mensa International. He has won more than a dozen awards for particular works, half a dozen lifetime achievement awards and 14 honorary doctorate degrees.
An asteroid, a crater on Mars, a Brooklyn elementary school and a literary award are all named in his honor.
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