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September 27, 2021
7:15 pm - 8:30 pm

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Menlo Park, CA 94025
Cover image from "I Robot": head & torso of wired robotic figure
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Sci-Fi/Fantasy Book Group: I, Robot

Monday, September 27, 2021

An AI singularity has occurred, but the Three Laws of Robotics allow humans to maintain the upper hand—or do they?

This month we return to the classics with Isaac Asimov’s I, Robot.

Earth is ruled by master-machines, but the Three Laws of Robotics have been designed to ensure humans maintain the upper hand:

  1. A robot may not injure a human being or allow a human being to come to harm
  2. A robot must obey orders given to it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law
  3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law 

But what happens when a rogue robot's idea of what is good for society contravenes the Three Laws?

About Isaac Asimov

 Isaac Asimov was a writer and professor of biochemistry. He coined the term “robotics,” wrote or edited more than 500 books, and was considered one of the “big three” science fiction writers of his time.

The Sci-Fi/Fantasy Book Group meets the fourth Monday of each month.