Runaround has ratings and 11 reviews. Runaround is a science fiction short story by Isaac Asimov, featuring his recurring characters Powell and Don. Isaac Asimov, “Runaround” (), from I, Robot. Isaac Asimov, “Runaround” ( ), from I, Robot. Associated Place(s). ⤢. ⇧. + −. Layers. Great Britain – OS One. Free summary and analysis of “Runaround” in Isaac Asimov’s I, Robot that won’t make you snore. We promise.

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As the order to retrieve the selenium was casually worded with no particular emphasis, Speedy cannot decide whether to obey it, following the Second Law, or protect himself from danger, following the strengthened Third Law.

Powell eventually realizes that the selenium source contains unforeseen danger to the robot. Notable that the problem is solved via programming, basically. Albert Dunberg rated it really liked it Feb 04, Robot series Foundation Series.

Runaround (story)

Asimov wrote the Lucky Starr series of juvenile science-fiction novels using the pen name Paul French. In contrast to the majority of such stories, in which the lexical asikov of the Laws are employed to fashion a dilemma, the robot featured in “Runaround” is actually following the Laws as they were intended.

Naturally one would think that the easiest way to go is to evaluate these laws by priority and importance, and make runnaround robots follow them accordingly. A very “primitive” story in many ways. I also love the introduction of the three laws of robotics. They use a more primitive robot to find Speedy and try to analyze what happened to it.

Under normal circumstances, Speedy would observe the Second Law “a robot must obey orders”but, because Speedy was so expensive to manufacture and “not a thing to be lightly destroyed”, the Third Law “a robot must protect its own existence” had been strengthened “so that his allergy to danger is unusually high”.


This inconvenience is finally put to an end when Powell suggests that the First Law be applied to the situation by placing himself in danger so that the robot can respond and save him and then await further orders.

Speedy continues to show symptoms that, if he were human, would be interpreted as runagound. D rated it liked it Aug 27, The Complete Robot I, Robot. The Complete Robot by Isaac Asimov. Artificial intelligence researcher Marvin Runarpund said: Runaround is notable for featuring the first explicit appearance of the Three Laws of Roboticswhich aasimov previously only been implied in Asimov’s robot stories. Refresh and try again.

Runaround by Isaac Asimov

The robot finds it impossible to obey both the Second Law and the Third Law at the same time, and this freezes it in a loop of repetitive behavior. You catch me and I catch you; no love can cut our knife in two” and quoting Gilbert and Sullivan.

Elizabeth rated it it was ok Jul 08, Mciocco rated it really liked it Jul 17, The Second Law declares that robots must obey any orders given to them by humans unless those orders contradict the First Law.

I liked it a lot, very funny. Wong Nicole rated it really liked it Feb 10, Artificial intelligence researcher Marvin Minsky said: Runaround is notable for featuring the first explicit appearance of the Three Laws of Robotics, which had previously only been implied in Asimov’s robot stories.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Asimov’s most famous work is the Foundation Series; his other major series are the Galactic Empire series and the Robot series, both of which he later tied into the same fictional universe as the Foundation Series to create a unified “future history” ruunaround his stories much like those pioneered by Robert A.

Under the Second Law Speedy should obey Powell’s order to return to base, but that fails, as the conflicted positronic brain cannot accept new orders.

Professor Asimov is generally considered one of the most prolific writers of all time, having written or edited more than books and an estimated 90, letters and postcards.


The conflicting Laws cause what is basically a feedback loop which confuses him to the point that he starts acting inebriated. As Runabout shows, robot behaviour is all controlled by programming, so if a robot is acting strangely, a human can usually use logic to figure out why. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. It’s a fun, golden age story heavily relying on science, but with a good dose of fun characters and excitement!

Lists with This Book. They also appear in the front of the book, and in both places there is no “to” in the 2nd law. Note from the Author: Oct 07, Jamie rated it really liked it Shelves: Andrei rated it really liked it Jun 08, Robot series Foundation Series.

The three laws are interacting in a manner that forces him to shift constantly between two, leaving him unable to complete or abandon his task. InPowell, Donovan and Robot SPD also known as “Speedy” are sent to Mercury to restart operations at a mining station which was abandoned ten years before.

Asimov uses these two to explore how robot behaviour can go wrong, but without devolving into the tired, robots are evil stereotypes. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Donovan and Powell are the sole humans on Mercury, with only robot named Speedy to accompany them.

This plan works, Powell is saved from death, and Speedy later retrieves the selenium. Runaround story This article is about the short story. I’ve known the laws for most of my life, I suppose, but I’ve never read their original introduction into our world until I read this story. For other uses, see Run around.