Thursday, April 19, 2012

Isaac Asimov's "Galley Slave" (novelette): How to make a 3-laws obeying robot harm a human...

Quote from short story Galley Slave by Isaac Asimov
This story pits for-automation folks against those against-automation, because it will result in job losses & loss of human purpose (in remaining busy doing certain occupations?)

Most of the story is a courtroom trial. Prof Simon Ninheimer was against Robot EZ-27's employment by his university from the very beginning; the idea that a new type of robot can take over routine intellectual tasks like proofreading was totally unpalatable. So he set out to destroy the reputation of US Robots, its makers, by an unusual court case...

Collected in.

  1. Groff Conklin (ed)'s "Six Great Short Science Fiction Novels".

Fact sheet.

First published: Galaxy, December 1957.
Rating: A. 
Related: Stories of Isaac Asimov.