Robots and compulsory labor

In the introduction of his novel “The Naked Sun” Isaac Asimov wrote about the origins of the word “Robot”, which is very  interesting: “Mechanical human beings are to be found in ancient and medieval myths and legends, and the word “robot” originally appeared in Karl Capek’s play R.U.R., which was first staged in 1921 in […]

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Neuronic surges

“The robot had no feelings, only positronic surges that mimicked those feelings. (And perhaps human beings had no feelings, only neuronic surges that were interpreted as feelings.)” ― Isaac Asimov, The Robots of Dawn (1983)

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How Kindle changed my relation to books and my latest “donation haul”

Well, I am a Kindle owner since December 2012. When I acquired my first Kindle I had to literally “import” it from Amazon, since they weren’t available in my country back then. And, needless to say, I could have bought two (maybe three) Kindles with the amount of money I’ve spent to get it legally […]

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Outer or inner menace?

“Isn’t it sad that you can tell people that the ozone layer is being depleted, the forests are being cut down, the deserts are advancing steadily, that the greenhouse effect will raise the sea level 200 feet, that overpopulation is choking us, that pollution is killing us, that nuclear war may destroy us – and […]

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Obviousness

“It is the obvious which is so difficult to see most of the time. People say ‘It’s as plain as the nose on your face.’ But how much of the nose on your face can you see, unless someone holds a mirror up to you?” ― Isaac Asimov, I, Robot

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