2026d - Previously,inCOMM202 , , IsaacAsimov

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Technology in Science Fiction 9/22/08 Previously, in COMM 202 … We talked about Utopian and Dystopian visions, and the role technology plays in both. Now we explore these visions in science fiction, review key authors or genres and works. .. Isaac Asimov Most influential scifict writer of the past 50 yrs. Foundation Series Robot Series (I Robot) Foundation series Theme: decline of a civilization, and how humans try to intervene Set in intergalactic empire, scientists discover psychohistory. Key concept: psych-history: A science (combining history, sociology, and mathematics) capable of predicting very accurately actions and outcomes of human civilizations. Plan was to create a foundation where human knowledge (arts, sciences, etc.) across 1000 years could be stored. PH: Brings about deterministic aspect of technology Robot series Three Laws of Robotics First law: A robot cannot injure a human being or through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. Second law: A robot must obey orders given it by human beings, except when such orders would conflict with
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2026d - Previously,inCOMM202 , , IsaacAsimov

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