I, Robot

I, Robot

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Book - 2011
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"2035: Robotic technology has evolved into the realm of self-aware, sentient mechanical entities. The future of the human race is to be inevitably linked with its most brilliant creation. But there are some who do not want the future to arrive.... Intelligent and driven, Dr. Susan Calvin is beginning her residency in psychiatry at Manhattan Hasbro teaching hospital, where a select group of patients is receiving the latest in diagnostic advancements--nanotechnology. Tiny nanobots injected into the spinal fluid can locate and assess neural pathways and transmitters, unlocking and mapping the physiological workings of the human mind. The possibilities for such groundbreaking technology are almost endless. Soon Susan begins to notice an ominous chain of events surrounding the patients. They begin exhibiting extreme behavior, from shocking violence to baffling self-destructive tendencies. And when she tries to alert her superiors to the situation, she is met with callous disregard by those who want to keep their project far from any controversy or scrutiny for the sake of their own agenda. But what no one knows is that a technology that promised to improve life is now under the control of those who seek to spread only death..."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Roc Hardcover, 2011.
ISBN: 9780451464194
Characteristics: 385 p. ; 22 cm.


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Aug 29, 2019

Susan Calvin is assigned to the child psych ward at Hasbro Hospital. Within a few weeks she quickly is able to send home two patients formerly thought to be "lifers". Susan is quickly given other impossible subjects ,including a homicidal 4-year-old girl. Faced with increasingly difficult problems with her patients, she turns to nano-robots to help them. I was very disappointed. The plot is boring and full of medical jargon that isn't explained. Reminiscent of hospital dramas instead of Isaac Asimov. The book finally begins to take shape halfway through, and turns into a thriller on the last thirty pages. Focuses more on Calvin's love life then robots (which there is only one of; a supporting character). Wouldn't recommend. Only good point is the interesting patients and how they are treated, but then again, what does that have to do with Artificial Intelligence? 1/5. @mittopic of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

oO_Oo Jan 29, 2014

I'm not sure why Asimov's estate licensed his characters for this book. And I'm not sure the writer does Susan Calvin any justice. The writing seems stilted and I found Calvin more annoying than sympathetic. If you're an Asimov fan, this series might just annoy you like it did me. If I hadn't read Asimov, I might have been able to enjoy it a little. Oh well.

Jul 09, 2012

Enjoyed the book, had to finish reading it in the first two days of borrowing (was a page turner). Has a good plot with believable characters and good character development, develing into concepts of artifical intelligence, Ethicial considerations of hospitals and psychy of the human mind. Is a definite worthwhile read especially for any university student studying psychology or Philosophy or who is just interested in these subjects.

LaBeteNoir May 19, 2012

Ok read, but Robot hardly in book. Not really sci fi.And very little plot.


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