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Isaac Asimov and "The Feeling Of Power"

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Transcript of Isaac Asimov and "The Feeling Of Power"

The Quiz 1. What is the setting?

2. What does Myron Aub rediscover?

3. What do most of the characters rely on?

4. Who are the characters at war with?

5. What happens to Technician Aub?

Bonus: Name an example of irony. Isaac Asimov: Influences John Campbell, editor of one of Asimov's first magazines, Astounding Science Fiction. As an editor, he served as a big influence and adviser to Asimov's stories. Isaac Asimov: Background Output Common Themes and Styles Lasting Legacy = Isaac Asimov, great science fiction writer Born in the Soviet Union, 1919-1920 (unsure of his birthdate) Setting Description Examples Outline Protagonist: Myron Aub, technician, complex, sad character-we feel pity for him, he is so powerless, victim of society, government Symbols, Irony, Themes -Physical size is relative to power The End! Isaac Asimov and "The Feeling of Power" Coined Terms: Explanations and Relevance 1) A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
2) A robot must obey the orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
3) A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws. Emigrated to New York at the age of three, and being Jewish, was fluent in Yiddish and English. At a young age, his strict parents discouraged science fiction magazines, which only made Asimov more interested in the science fiction genre. His hometown, Brooklyn, served as an influence for the city was full of bustling, steel construction and buildings, etc. child prodigy, graduated at the age of 15 Earned Bachelor's, Master's, and Ph.D at Columbia in chemistry and became a professor at Boston University -p.1, 2nd paragraph, left side, “There was one of each in the special lounge of New Pentagon.”-p.3, 10th paragraph, left side, “The President of the Terrestrial Federation had grown”-p.5, 6th paragraph, left side, “Can you integrate a transcendental function?” -often science fiction writers write about what society might become, pointing out the faults of society through the future-Pointing out human’s growing reliance on computers, Asimov usually doesn’t show technology negatively dependency on technology -title always relates to theme! Main theme: power dramatic irony funny how people respond to what we view as basic math Robots! (though not touched upon in this story) - coined "robotics" Positronic brain
-fictionally, based off fractal workings-continuous through his stories, was an intelligent brain for robots = should robots be as equally intelligent as humans? Three Laws of Robotics Frankenstein complex Susan Calvin - theme of limitations of technology being afraid intelligent, artificial robots fear of robots taking over the world! based off of anti-Semitism he felt, how people feared, looked down upon him related also to theme of paternalism a continuous character cold, tough, robophychologist (small note) Not only interesting short stories, but deeper meanings underneath Very intelligent writer who criticized humanity's faults through scientific settings, in the future, even sometimes on other planets
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