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The Theme of Rules and Order: The Three Laws of Robotics
“I, Robot” is a book which happens to be a collection of nine short science fiction stories
compiled by Isaac Asimov. Each story in the book was published independently in different
publications of science fiction in the 1950s. Several stories in the book feature Dr. Susan
Calvin’s framing story called the “robopsychologist.” Reckoning her experiences again with
the behavior of robots while working for a major robots manufacturer of the time; US Robots
and Mechanical Men Inc. one of the themes that happen to be present in the book is the theme
of rules and order. This is especially important in the short story which Asimov presents Three
Laws of Robotics. The laws that dedicate the acceptable behavior of robots and which forms
the starting point of much of Asimov’s Explanatory reasoning of the nature of artificial
intelligence. An analysis of the theme of rules and order based on the Three Laws of Robotics
as presented in Asimov’s book “I, Robot” has been presented.
The first law of robotics presented in the stories is that a robot may not cause injury to
a human being or, through the forbearance of labor, allow an individual to come to harm. The
second law states that a robot must be in a position to obey orders directed to it by human
beings, unless in a situation where these orders are in a clash with the first laws. The final and
third law of robotics presented in the book states that a robot must shield its existence as long
as the protection is not in a disagreement with the first and second law (Asimov 8). These three
laws set of rules that constitute the basis for the stories of I, Robot. The foundation of these
three laws allows Asimov to meditate on reasonable, ethical thought procedure, and what
distinguishes artificial things from a human being (Murphy, Robin, and David). In other words,
the three laws are meant to provide a system of rules and order that required help human beings
to be able to survive with robots.
Every story in the book consists of an analysis of the aspect of the technical
development of robots. The technology level heightens as the stories progress, and every single
plot line underscores essential parts of human thinking. These elements are often taken for
nothing in their nuance and complicacy. To make an individual to be able to prod and poke at
the outlined laws, psychological and moral circumstances are revealed to scrutinize how the
robots might act in return to inputs. Also, by extension, the stories show how small-scale
change in the data could correspondingly affect their response. The Isaac’s robots are fit out
with three extended logic processors that discern every decision against the Three Laws. The
situation in each plot appears to outcome in a violation of the set of rules or an enigma upon
the incipient interpretation within the boundaries of the set laws. The Asimov’s storytelling of
the mystery the starts and welcomes the reader to break down and solve the puzzle.
In the story “Robbie,” the main character, Robbie, happens to be non-vocal. Gloria’s
mother who is the owner of the robot had doubt on the upbringing of her daughter with the
presence of the robot. Gloria’s mother makes negative comments about the robot and does not
want to see the robot anywhere near her daughter. She is quoted telling her husband, George
Weston, “You listen to me, George. I won’t have my daughter entrusted to a machine” (Asimov
8). The robot later disapproves her by obeying the First Law, when it saves Gloria’s life, and
after that, it is accepted back in the family. Later on, she accepts having the robot back to their
home. Mrs. Weston said, “Well, I guess he can stay with us until he rusts” (Asimov 18).
In the story, “Runaround” main characters are Michael Donovan, Gregory Powell and
SPD 13. SPD 13 is also called Speedy and is the robot Michael Donovan, and Gregory Powell
have to take care of. He gets an order to bring selenium to the mercury base from the pit where
gasses dangerous for him are present (Asimov 23). The order was not urgent enough, and so
he had to save himself first according to third law instead of following the initial orders that
were directed to him, which was according to the Second Law. Every time he gets far enough
from the pit, danger diminishes, and he goes back to get the selenium. The same thing occurs
again, and so he creates a circle around the pit. But again, Powell and Donovan can get the
robot back by following the First Law. Powell risks himself, and so Speedy has to assist him
to bring his runaround to an end.
My best of the stories dwells around field engineers, Greg Donovan and Mike Powell,
of the US Robots, who appear in four out of the nine stories. The two serve as the corporate
guinea pigs responsible for erecting new models of the robot through their spaces in a particular
variation of settings. Often, it is put from the remote space station to planets not offering shelter
to the asteroids (Asimov 36). The technology always seemed to get better of them, and I liked
that, just to have them think of intelligent solutions through twisting the laws to their benefit.
Powell and Donovan with a robot named QT-1(cutie), a model with highly developed
capability, in the story “Reason,” are trapped in a space station. QT-1 refuses to follow any of
their commands it argues that there is a power that exists higher than human beings. He calls
this power “The Master” (Asimov 37). They later realize that the master is the station's source
of power, which it discerns is of a higher rank regarding power than the station human
operators. No one could exist without the energy source, and that is the basis of Cuties
“Catch That Rabbit” is another story with Powell and Donovan as the main characters.
They have to test DV-5, which is an asteroid mining robot called Dave which happens to have
six robots under it and are part of it (Asimov 44). Dave is not in a position to take care of its
subsidiaries. Therefore, any time there is no human he acts stupidly. He violates the Second
The story “Liar!” is about Dr. Calvin and Herbie the robot. The robot was able to study
the human mind. He tells Calvin that the man she loves, love her too. He says simply what
everyone wants to hear. He doesn't hurt any human emotionally according to the First Law. He
tells them what they would like to hear be it a lie.
Susan Calvin is the center of the story in the “Little Lost Robot.” “…a few of the NS-2
model, the Nestor, that is were prepared with a modified First Law” (Asimov 79). A technician
who saw a robot for the last time was angry and when the said something he replied , “Go lose
yourself” (Asimov 79) and the robot did according to the Second Law.
The story “Evidence” i...