Laura Parkinson (stormfeather) wrote,
Laura Parkinson

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Parasha: I Robot: November 25th reading

This is the last section for I, Robot, and yet I'm left not really knowing what all to say about it.

I don't know why, really... it wasn't a bad story, but maybe it was because it wasn't very... I don't know. Tense? Immediate? It goes back into three-laws territory, but while we're set up with a conflict, it ends up being a non-starter, and since we only have the main possible danger set out before us just before getting the explanation, it's... I don't know.

I was also a bit disappointed that there wasn't any further mention of leaderdude = robot, but hey.

And Asimov definitely seems to be moving toward that zeroth law y'all were mentioning in comments earlier, but in context of this story collection it still feels like moving the goalposts a bit. Although as desdenova mentioned, it could just be a matter of the robots themselves becoming more complex and changing in their interpretations of the First Law.

The society with the Machines in charge is all very nice and idealic and Utopian and all but... a bit... cold. *shudder* Maybe it's partly because I'm a shiny happy capitalistic pig at heart, I don't know. I also note that while much mention is made of things like food, natural resources, and all, I wonder how leisure items/recreation is brought into the equation? Especially since, while there are some people who would go on creating art or music or whatever no matter what, there are probably a lot more who wouldn't, if they wouldn't have a need to do so to survive. Or they might not be able to if the Machines decided their talents were best used in other, more practical fields.

The populations are still laughable btw, unless of course one considers that the vast majority of people that would otherwise be living on Earth have moved off into space. I also found the regional divisions very... odd.

Still, the story was interesting enough as a mental exercise, and hey, no Donnovan and Powell.
Tags: books, parasha, parasha_i_robot
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