First Signet paperback edition of one of the most influential science fiction books of the 20th century.
Very good plus.
"One, a robot may not injure a human being, or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm..."
The Three Laws of Robotics that Asimov developed through the series of short stories in this collection have had a foundational impact on the modern development of artificial intelligence: scientists and engineers working in the field who must make decisions on the structure of the codes for their machines must also consider the ethical implications of the commands they write. As a result, Asimov's three laws are among the founding principles all must grapple with. The first short story containing any of the Laws of Robotics is "Liar, " and the first appearance of all three laws in the short story "Runaround"; this collection was the first appearance in book form of both stories. First published by Gnome in hardcover (and a scarce trade paperback issue) in 1950.
(New York): Signet / New American Library, (1956). 7'' x 4.25''. Original color pictorial wrappers designed by Robert E. Schulz, S1282, priced at 35c. Red edges. 192 pages. Spine lean, light rubbing to extremities, edges a touch faded. Leaves with some of the usual toning.
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