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Le Cycle DES Robots 1 Les Robots (French Edition) (French) Mass Market Paperback – June 26, 2012
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I guess there is a point to make for reading it (or even re-reading it) in 2016 - we're talking about robots today, in our real-lives, in our near future. We're talking about sentience and capabilities and concerns on their independence and impact they'll have on our lives - it's amazing how much Asimov truly anticipated how it'd develop and put out a lot of the concerns and questions to consider. It is a timely read of the topic.
This is Isaac Asimov's masterpiece, and is notably not quite like the movie.
The story is laid out chronologically and covers numerous different perspectives as robotic technology progresses. The use of perspective was very professionally done, and that alone is something that would cause me to recommend this book.
However, there's even more depth to this book. Asimov was a thinker, considering what an age of robots would be like, and his Laws of Robotics are still considered today by top robotics scientists. While this book is specifically about the examples in which that those laws were broken, it is an interesting starting point for a study into intelligent robotic deisgn. Don't let that discourage you, though! This book isn't dry and boring - it's full of human experience and story.
I read this book in order to fill in an important gap in my reading the great science fiction novels, particularly of the 20th Century. I'd read Dune, Ender's Game, The Mars Trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson, Starship Troopers, Stranger in a Strange Land, and Asimov's own Foundation books, among others, but I had somehow never gotten to this one. I'm so glad I finally tackled it, as it is thought-provoking, funny, insightful, and downright enjoyable. The three laws of robotics are a brilliant construction, but it's particularly cool that the stories all flow from the problems they cause: the contradictions, the nuances of meaning, the far-reaching consequences. In our age of smart phones and tablets, etc., I wouldn't say robots have taken over our real lives, but some concerns that I, Robot anticipates really seem more prescient than ever.
Some classic novels seem dry these days, but those novels I mentioned earlier hold up incredibly well. I, Robot is absolutely deservedly in that group. It's an astonishing book, and I'd advise anyone who likes good writing to read it, whether you consider yourself a science fiction fan or not.
Don't let the movie fool you. This is nothing like it, and that is great thing. The book is thought provoking, just as any good science fiction book should be. I loved the relationships detailed between humans and reboots through Calvin's reminiscences. The robots weren't just seen as a piece of machinery. They were seen, through the eyes of those who were working with them, as beings with unique personalities. And those personalities were fascinating to me, the reader.
This is a classic for a reason. Anyone who is a fan of science fiction should read it.