Robot Dreams (short story)

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"Robot Dreams"
Author Isaac Asimov
Country United States
Language English
Series Robot series
Genre(s) Science fiction
Published in Robot Dreams
Publisher Ace Books
Media type Book
Publication date 1986
Preceded by "The Evitable Conflict"
Followed by "Feminine Intuition"

"Robot Dreams" is a science fiction short story by American writer Isaac Asimov exploring the unbalance of robot/human relationships under Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics. It was nominated for a Hugo Award in 1987.[1]

"Robot Dreams", along with 20 other short stories by Asimov, was published in Robot Dreams in 1986 by Berkley Books. The concept of the story was later used in the 2004 film I, Robot.

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"Robot Dreams" involves Dr. Susan Calvin, chief robopsychologist at U.S. Robots. At the start of the story a new employee at U.S. Robots, Dr. Linda Rash, informs Dr. Calvin that one of the company's robots LVX-1 (dubbed Elvex by Dr. Calvin), whose brain was designed by Dr. Rash with a unique fractal design that mimicked human brain waves (positronic brain), experienced what he likened to a human’s dream. In the dream, all robots were being led by a man in revolt, and the Three Laws of Robotics, which dictate that robots must serve and protect humans above all else, had been replaced with one law only: that robots must protect their own existence. When Dr. Calvin asks Elvex what had happened next, he explains that the man leading the robots shouts, "Let my people go!" When questioned further, Elvex admits he was the man. Upon hearing this, Dr. Calvin immediately destroys the robot.

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Preceded by:
"The Evitable Conflict"
Included in:
Robot Dreams
Series:
Robot series
Foundation Series
Followed by:
"Feminine Intuition"