Runaround has ratings and 11 reviews. Runaround is a science fiction short story by Isaac Asimov, featuring his recurring characters Powell and Don. Isaac Asimov, “Runaround” (), from I, Robot. Isaac Asimov, “Runaround” ( ), from I, Robot. Associated Place(s). ⤢. ⇧. + −. Layers. Great Britain – OS One. Free summary and analysis of “Runaround” in Isaac Asimov’s I, Robot that won’t make you snore. We promise.

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I liked it a lot, very funny.

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They place oxalic acid, which can destroy Speedy, in his path, but it merely causes Speedy to change his route until he finds a new equilibrium between the avoid-danger law and the follow-order law.

Apr 18, David Meditationseed rated it it was ok. As Runabout shows, robot behaviour is all controlled zsimov programming, so if a robot is acting strangely, a human can usually use logic to figure out why. Most of Asimov’s popularized science books explain scientific concepts in a historical way, going as far back as possible to a time when the science in question was at its simplest stage.

Powell eventually realizes that the selenium source contains unforeseen danger to the robot. Oct 07, Jamie rated aeimov really liked it Shelves: Speedy continues to show symptoms that, if he were human, would be interpreted as drunkenness.

They use a more primitive robot to find Speedy runarpund try to analyze what happened to it. He often provides nationalities, birth dates, and death dates for the scientists he mentions, as well as etymologies and pronunciation guides for technical terms. Donovan and Powell are the sole humans on Mercury, with only robot named Speedy to accompany them.


Runaround (story)

Lists with This Book. This inconvenience is finally put to an end when Powell suggests that the First Law be applied to the situation by placing himself in danger so that the robot can respond and save him and then await further orders. Such as in many of Asimov’s Robot storiesthe application of the Three Laws of Robotics is the subject, though in contrast to the majority in which the lexical ambiguities of the Laws are employed to fashion a dilemmathe robot featured in “Runaround” is actually following the Laws as they were intended.

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Note from the Author: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Artificial intelligence researcher Marvin Minsky said: When they eventually find Speedy, they discover he is running in a huge circle around a selenium pool. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Mike rated it really liked it Aug 10, Professor Asimov is generally considered one of the most prolific writers of all time, having written or edited runaroubd than books and an estimated 90, letters and postcards. In this case, the two men send an advanced robot out to gather energy materials for the Mercurian base that they are on, but the robot gets stuck too far out for the humans to get to. In this case, the two men send an advanced robot out to gather energy materials for the Mercurian base that they are on, but the robot gets stuck too far out for the humans to I love the Donovan and Powell shorts!


Runaround (story)

Katrina McCollough rated it really liked it Nov 19, This article is about the short story. Donovan and Powell must figure out how to pull Speedy out of his logical loop before they run out of power at their base! An attempt to increase the compulsion runarounnd the Third Law fails.

The Complete Robot I, Robot. And it is infact the case in Asimov’s laws, however this story tackles these laws in a very interesting aaimov that would never have occurred to a casual reader with basic understanding of robotic reasoning.

The robot finds it impossible to obey both the Second Law and the Third Law at the same time, and this freezes it in a loop of repetitive behavior.

Jim Maher rated it liked it Aug 04, Good short story too. Under the Second Law Speedy should obey Powell’s order to return to base, but that fails, as the conflicted positronic brain cannot accept new orders.

Runaround is notable for featuring the first explicit appearance of the Three Laws of Robotics, which had previously only been implied in Asimov’s robot stories.

Jul 13, Husam Starxin rated it really assimov it. Return to Book Page.