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“A Perfect Fit,” by Isaac Asimov

Gold said, “You underwent due process in great detail, and there was no reasonable doubt that you were guilty–” “Even so!  Look!  We live in a computerized world.  I can’t do a thing anywhere — I can’t get information — I can’t be fed — I can’t amuse myself — I can’t pay for anything, […] The post “A Perfect Fit,” by Isaac Asimov appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

When robots dream: AI systems may learn better and faster if they can ‘sleep’

As any science fiction fan knows, it’s always a bad sign when a robot has dreams or visions of its own. Think Isaac Asimov’s short story collection “Robot Dreams,” Alex Proyas’ 2006 dystopian whodunit “I, Robot” or Kike Maíllo’s 2011 thriller “Eva.“ But for artificial intelligence researchers, the whole notion is anything but a nightmare scenario. Show More Summary

More inexpensive ebook goodies!

You can now get your hands on the digital edition of Isaac Asimov's The Caves of Steel for only 2.99$ here. There is a price match in Canada.Here's the blurb:A millennium into the future two advancements have altered the course of human history: the colonization of the galaxy and the creation of the positronic brain. Show More Summary

3 improvements needed to make our autonomous car future a reality

In 1953, Isaac Asimov penned the short story “Sally”, depicting a farm where autonomous cars go once they’ve been removed from service. The cars can never die and have positronic brains, giving them distinct personalities. AccordingShow More Summary

Isaac Asimov on His Writing Style

I have deliberately cultivated a simple and even colloquial style....In the past, virtually all writing was ornate. Read a Victorian novel, for instance. Read even Dickens, the best of all the Victorians. It is only comparatively recently...Show More Summary

NASA Wants to Know Cost of Space Solar Power

Harnessing the sun's energy with orbital space power stations and beaming the power to Earth has been a science fiction dream ever since Isaac Asimov wrote a 1941 short story called "Reason." But the idea has never quite gotten off the ground despite decades of intermittent interest and research for the United States and other countries. Show More Summary

From Isaac Asimov to Aimee Mann, 'robophobia' plagues humans

Physicist Stephen Hawking and tech entrepreneur Elon Musk have also warned about the dangers of going too far, too quickly, in developing "thinking robots" with programmed intelligence that might keep evolving self-awareness, similar to the humanoids in the HBO series "Westworld." [...]Show More Summary

From Isaac Asimov to Aimee Mann, 'robophobia' plagues humans

Robots are secretly plotting to kill us. Or enslave us. Or, at best, they will take our jobs, one by one.

Books You Should Read: IGNITION!

3 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Hack a Day

Isaac Asimov described the business of rocket fuel research as “playing footsie with liquids from Hell.” If that piques your interest even a little, even if you do nothing else today, read the first few pages of IGNITION! which is available online for free. Show More Summary

Isaac Asimov On Writer's Block

The most serious problem a writer can face is "writer's block." This is a serious disease and when a writer has it he finds himself staring at a blank sheet of paper in the typewriter (or blank screen on the word processor) and can't do anything to unblank it. Show More Summary

"Empowering" robots could replace the Three Laws of Robotics

4 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

Isaac Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics are versatile and simple enough that they still persist 75 years after he first coined them. But our current world, where robots and AI agents are cleaning our houses, driving our cars and working alongside us, is vastly different than even the most forward-thinking sci-fi writers could imagine. Show More Summary

Newsletter: ZTE Increases Spending On 5g & iCar Speculations On The Block

QUOTE OF THE DAY “The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds the most discoveries, is not "Eureka!" (I found it!) but 'That's funny...”~ Isaac Asimov ZTE CORP HOPES TO BRING 5G BY 2020 THE STORY Chinese telecom...Show More Summary

Fathers of Robotics: Isaac Asimov

This is the first part of three in our series “Fathers of Robotics”. With robots getting more and more present in our daily lives, it’s interesting to look back and get to know the great minds who first conceived a future where machines would help humans. Isaac Asimov Born Isaak Ozimov [...]Show More Summary

Sci-Fi Classic That Inspired ‘Star Wars’ Being Developed as TV Series

A classic work from one of the most revered science-fiction authors is in the works for what Mike Fleming Jr., writing on Deadline.com, calls a “sprawling TV series.” “The Isaac Asimov science-fiction trilogy ‘Foundation’ heavily informed ‘Star Wars’ and many...

Someone's Trying To Adapt Isaac Asimov's Foundation Series Again

One of the most influential science fiction series of all time is coming to television. According to Deadline, David S. Goyer and Josh Friedman are developing Isaac Asimov's Foundation series. More »      

Skydance Plans Foundation Series

5 months agoFilm / New Releases : Coming Soon

Based on Isaac Asimov's acclaimed science fiction novel series The post Skydance Plans Foundation Series appeared first on ComingSoon.net.

Isaac Asimov on Writing Science Fiction

I can write nonfiction science without thinking because it requires no thought. I already know it. Science fiction, however, is far more delicate a job and requires the deeper and most prolonged thought.Isaac Asimov, I Asimov, 1996

Detroit: Become Human – what happens if the androids hate us?

Quantic Dreams’ new narrative video game imagines the consequences of relying on robots in a thrilling study of control, subservience and humanity In 1950, Isaac Asimov imagined a future in which sentient robots are built to serve and protect humans, but end up doing the opposite. Show More Summary

These are the bots powering Jeff Bezos’ Washington Post efforts to build a modern digital newspaper

I’m a huge sci-fi nerd — love Isaac Asimov. And if you’ve ever seen this actually not super great interpretation — I, Robot, with Will Smith — it’s all about the Three Laws of Robotics. Where basically, like, robots aren’t supposed to kill you — until they try to kill you. Hopefully, a conversational journalism...

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