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Questions tagged [i-robot]

Refers to the collection of nine science fiction short stories by Isaac Asimov. Use [i-robot-2004] for the 2004 film of the same name.

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Why were all NS-2 manufactured without the serial numbers?

In the story "Little Lost Robot" from I, Robot, a modified Nestor (NS-2) hides himself in a cargo with 62 other physically identical robots. I think one of the main reasons why the hiding robot was ...
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Are Isaac Asimov's views borne out through Dr Calvin?

Susan Calvin is the effective narrator of the I, Robot short story compilation. Towards the end we see her view that humanity is best ruled by robots, as we have no idea what is best for ourselves, ...
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What are the main differences between the “I, Robot: movie and Asimov's ”Little Lost Robot" story

From wikipedia I, Robot entry: The film I, Robot, starring Will Smith, was released by Twentieth Century Fox on July 16, 2004 in the United States. Its plot incorporates elements of "Little Lost ...
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Can you read Isaac Asimov's Rest of the Robots without reading I, Robot?

How catastrophic is it to read Asimov's "Rest of the Robots" without having read the first book of the robot series: "I, Robot"? If the knowledge gap is too big, is it possible to simply watch the ...
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Does VIKI appear in Asimov's writings?

VIKI appears in the film I, Robot. (warning, spoilers in the clip) Does this character appear in any original writings from Isaac Asimov or was she purely a ...
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What Asimov's stories are referenced in the movie “I, Robot”?

I, Robot, the 2004 movie, has several references to the original stories by Isaac Asimov. While none of them are complete or true to the story, they exist. Some examples include: Little Lost Robot - ...
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Why did hyperspace kill the men in the short novel “Escape!”?

In the book "I, Robot", Isaac Asimov wrote many short stories; one of them, Escape! was about the discovery of hyperspace. Why did the men that flew in hyperspace die? How did they come back to life? ...
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What is the main plot of Robbie?

Is Asimov's short story Robbie the friendly robot Robbie And that's it! Usually, these novels have a riddle about the Three Laws, and the characters have to figure out what's wrong with a robot ...
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Why does Cutie act like this and lesser robots listen to it?

In the short novel Reason, from Isaac Asimov's I-Robot we learn that the robot Cutie (QT-I) knows it will do a better job than Powel and Donovan, so it keep them locked in a room. So I wonder why it ...
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In Asimov's robot story “Liar!”, why does Dr. Calvin show no mercy for Herbie?

In the story "Liar!", when Dr. Calvin figures out why Herbie was acting the way he was, she But as she's doing this, Herbie pleads for her to stop because he had to lie in order to obey the First ...
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Can a robot programed with 3 laws operating system harm a human who is harming another human?

We see that a robot can attack another robot in defense of a human, but can a 3 Laws programed robot defend one human from another human?
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Do the 3 laws protect animals?

Major Stackings made a comment in chat about how the demolition bot seen in the movie hates cats. Do the 3 laws also protect animals from the deadly whims of robots?