SF Tidbits for 9/1/07

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  1. I, Robot (although it should be noted that Asimov’s book was intellectual and interesting unlike its movie contemporary, which was pure garbage).

    The movie is fundamentally a moral criticism of the imperfections of Asimov’s three laws.

  2. I always thought that, trying to avoid too much in the way of spoilers, that the I, Robot movie fundamentally was an evocation of the Zeroth Law of Robotics.

    Sure, its dressed as an “action sci fi movie vehicle” but the core plot points to that.

  3. And I always thought they took another script they couldn’t sell, slapped a few Asimovian references into it and made a movie with Will S. that had nothing to do (really) with Asimov’s tales.

    :O

  4. And I always thought they took another script they couldn’t sell, slapped a few Asimovian references into it and made a movie with Will S. that had nothing to do (really) with Asimov’s tales.

    Maybe but it seems sort of odd that a random process like that would hit exactly the flaw in the three laws that make it morally repugnant…the lack of any safe guards for protecting individual freedom. If you might recall a giant AI did attempt to take over all of humanity and set up a “Brave New World” type system and doing so without conflicting with the three laws.

    I guess a thousand Hollywood script monkeys given enough time could eventually spit that out…but i doubt it.

  5. Truth be told, it wasn’t all that random. They really did have a script that they felt would not sell as it was by a relative unknown. They had the rights to Asimov, but did not want to make a movie (see Harlan Ellison’s excellent screenplay–still available–for a look at the Hollowood Thought Process). They made some changes to the script, tossed in some Asimovian references and names, and voila! I, Robot, the Movie (NOT).

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