Isaac Asimov

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Sunday, 21 November, 2010, 12:00am

BOOK (1950)

I, Robot by Isaac Asimov (Gnome Press)

Before Will Smith came along and bastardised the world's collective memory of the text, Isaac Asimov's series of nine robot-themed short stories, I, Robot, was the defining word on what we knew of the Three Laws of Robotics.

10 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Six degrees

Milan was enveloped in scandal last week when, on one of the biggest nights in the European cultural calendar, the La Scala opera house removed tenor Giuseppe Filianoti (above) at the last minute from the premiere of Verdi's Don Carlo. It's unlikely anyone would confuse the Italian landmark, inaugurated in 1778, with London's Scala nightclub.

14 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Attacking robots

Important news stories sometimes slip under the radar when much is happening on a given day. That can only be the explanation as to why the world's media gave such limited attention to what is surely among the most significant items of this past year: the US military's deployment of machine-gun-toting robots in Iraq.

28 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Rude robots need a lesson in manners

First, the information age spawned netiquette: good manners for netizens, rooted in the principle that you should never e-mail abuse to strangers with the caps lock on, or snidely liken them to Adolf Hitler.

Now, we have 'robotiquette', which means social protocol for those semi-smart machines starting to make inroads into society.

8 Nov 2004 - 12:00am