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2001-10-01

Isaac Asimov
B. 1.2.20 Smolensk, U.S.S.R / D. 4.6.92 New York City
Complications from AIDS
(ed. 3.15.02)

“I, Robot” (1950) Great title—even better than Operation Infinite Justice. Of course Operation Enduring Freedom, how you say, sucks.
In which he invented his famous Three Laws of Robotics, which govern the relation of robots to their human masters: robots may not injure a human or, by inaction, allow a human to be harmed; robots must obey humans' orders unless doing so conflicts with the first law; robots must protect their own existence unless doing so conflicts with the first two laws. No desire to read it. But to those who have, a question—What would happen if you sent one of these law-abiding robots out on the street with orders to broadcast from its voicebox, loudly, “Ground Zero—Fanny Hill!” because this was the only way you could get the phrase out of your own head?

Quotation from The New York Times Obituary, 4.7.92

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