If one writer is responsible for how we think about robots it is, of course, Isaac Asimov. The terrifically prolific writer and groundbreaking author of the science-fiction genre, produced numerous works with terrific futuristic insight — and, some were about robots. And I, Robot is a seminal work in this oeuvre. But this book is of course not really about robots, or the famous law of robotics.
No, this law is a vehicle, for these 9 loosely connected stories to present — very clever — logical puzzles often with a philosophical or ethical undertone. And this is what makes this work hold up, even after 70 years (this was written in 1950 🤯).
Our views on robots might have changed but the questions remain valid. And it not so much the robots Asimov makes us think about, but even more so about what it means to be human.
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