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Robopocalypse : I, Robot Reinvented

Updated on March 16, 2012
Cover of Robopocalypse
Cover of Robopocalypse | Source

Binder's I, Robot in a Modern Setting

Robots and technology taking over the world; that is one of the most common and cliched ideas exploited in pulp science fiction or horror. We can credit Eando Binder for first coming up with this mentality in his short story called I,Robot. While, Adam Link didn't necessary take over the world, it did retaliate and rebel against the humans around him. From that premise, we get Daniel H Wilson's Robopocalypse.

In Robopocalypse, the main culprit is an Artificial Intelligence named Archos that is tampering with basic technologies that are chip controlled, from cars to dolls and toys. The devices have one thing on their mind: destruction of their human masters, thus creating an ultimate war between man and machine. I was addicted to this book from the beginning and I couldn't possibly put it down. It's fast paced and filled with the same thrill and excitement when reading a Michael Crichton novel. Even better, the science in Robopocalypse has a basis. Daniel H. Wilson has a PhD in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon and many of the robots are based off of actual prototypes.

I have to admit, immediately after reading this book, I was filled with a bit of tech- paranoia, but that just proves how effective it was. Essentially, Robopocalypse reminds us that although man created technology, without caution technology can conquer man.


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  • RSamuel92 profile image

    RSamuel92 5 years ago from Greece

    I do know Isaac Asimov wrote I, Robot. However, before Asimov wrote the series of robot short stories, Eando Binder wrote the first short story called I, Robot. Asimov's publisher suggested that he should use the same title, much to his chagrin. I , myself have read the original stories by Asimov and the Three Laws of Robotics, and I have quite enjoyed them.

    I do agree that machines can do whatever we tell them to do, but remember, humans are flawed, therefore our machines are flawed as well.

  • Christopher Dapo profile image

    Christopher Dapo and S. 5 years ago from Havelock, NC

    Eando Binder did not come up with I, Robot, Isaac Asimov did.

    Research "The Three Laws of Robotics"

    I read the original stories by Asimov, and though great science fiction novels, including the one you've mentioned here, we must conclude they are indeed fiction.

    Machines are just that they will only ever do what we make them do. Robots, in the end, are as safe as cars, tools, or guns, only able to kill when a person decides it does.

    - Christopher