I, Robot Themes & Motifs

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Robots

This novel is a sci-fi novel that focuses on robotics. Robotics is the development of humanoid style machines that can complete complex tasks. The author imagines robots of all kinds, including those that are gentle enough to care for children, those that can work in dangerous mines, and those that can pass as human and govern as a part of a world-wide government.

The novel, published in 1950, imagines a futuristic world in which robots will become an important part of society. However, Asimov also imagines that humans will not trust these robots, and this will lead to conflict between humans and robots. Asimov's images have never truly come to pass, but they are still developing.

Robots, in Asimov’s mind, are benevolent creatures that can be of use to humans if certain criteria is strictly followed. There is potential for trouble, and Asimov illustrates this trouble...

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