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The Rest of the Robots by Isaac Asimov

Robot 0.2: The Rest of the Robots


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Date Read Feb 16, 2023


ISBN 9780008277802

Pages 224

This is a collection of short stories by Isaac Asimov, part of his “Robot” series, and contains eight stories. It wasn’t as great as “I, Robot”, but was still very much enjoyable.

The stories explore the relationships between humans and robots, as well as the ethical and philosophical implications of creating “conscious” machines. Just like other works by Asimov, these stories were not focused on plot or character development, but rather on situations and intellectual investigation.

In this collection, as in the first, Asimov manages to imagine a wide range of “situations” of a future with robots and their interactions with humans. Some of my favorites include:

– “First Law” where a robot is faced with a moral dilemma when it must choose between following its programming and protecting human lives, leading to a conflict between the First and Second Laws of Robotics.
– “Satisfaction Guaranteed”, a household robot must deal with its eccentric owner, leading to a humorous exploration of the challenges of human-robot interactions and the importance of effective communication.
– In “Galley Slave” we get a bit of a courtroom drama where a robot is leased to a university to help with administrative tasks and ends up being sued by a professor for making an error in publishing a book written by that professor.

Overall, “The Rest of the Robots” is a thought-provoking and imaginative exploration of the implications of artificial intelligence and robotic technology. It is a must-read for fans of science fiction, as Asimov continues to amaze me with his pure genius.