I went to renew my poetic license today, but they said first I need to do an I exam

 

Asimov wrote more books in his career than the number of books most people have read in their lifetime. I am still reading ones I haven’t knew about whenever I run into them and have yet to find a boring one. And all that from a bio chemist.

 

 

You cant sell news stories that have data and cautious predictions. Where is the panic? Where is the impending doom? C'mon people , give me something to work with here…

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..and as I was a yuppy marketing and advertising executive for the better part
of a decade, I am not really impressed with stories of selling your soul to the devil...

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Issac Asimov Rules of engagement


He has funny sideburns. Yep. Funny sideburns.
I am looking for something to criticize Asimov and the only thing I can hang onto is the sideburns. Other than that all I can do is take my hat off. He had one amazing career. Amazing doesn’t even start to describe it. A wise man who painted with the brush of his imagination and foresight  new worlds which are now our worlds. He is like a combination of joules Verne and the energizer rabbit, with a bit of Nostradamus throw in for the fun of it.

 
He had writer's block once.
It was the worst ten minutes of his life.
 

Asimov wrote more books in his career than the number of books most people have read in their lifetime. I am still reading ones I haven’t knew about whenever I run into them and have yet to find a boring one. And all that from a bio chemist.

 
Any single thing I have written can be paralleled or even surpassed by something someone else has done. However, my total corpus for quantity, quality and variety can be duplicated by no one else. That is what I want to be remembered for.
 
For an atheist that he was, Asimov was the next generation of a god. God 2.0 if you will. The three rules of robotics, which as a proud geek I still know by heart (with the addition of the fourth of course) are the closest thing to a mathematical equation of moral behavior that you can find, and for a world that is indeed becoming , as Asimov predicted so eloquently more and more automatic and robotic, that is an extremely solid base to build on.
 
A robot may not injure a human being, or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
 

The nice thing about the three laws is that they were not intentional. They were pointed out to Asimov by his editor, which showed him in a dozen stories he wrote, that all his robots behave according to these laws. Laws that follow the natural behavior and common sense? Is it possible? MUST be science fiction.

 
The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom."
 

Science fiction was always looked down upon by the "real" literary world, which for me was just a juvenile reaction to the fear they felt when someone took the imagination to the next level. But science fiction was nothing more than an adaptation to a modern world, where science is taking the role of religion (or at least we hoped it would) and suddenly the possibilities are so infinite that fiction is just naming options. And this is where Asimov was at his best, brining to life a future that is not only possible but sounds probable. And it was. It still is.

Asimov wrote over four hundred and fifty books, and dozens of articles, in a vast array of subjects, without discrimination. His mind was so fertile and had such a strong internal logic which proved itself over and over again, that Asimov became the official spokesperson of the future, and did it with all the gravitas and concern a doctor and a biochemist would.

 
Those people who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do."

 

But Asimov's real secret was in how he wrote. Being wise and having great progressions of thought rarely made anyone more popular. It usually gave you a wedgie at best. Asimov wrote as a loving human. A simple loving emotional rational limited creature, like we all are.
I believe that it is this simplicity, this honesty in the art of the storytelling that made it so easy for Asimov to produce so many amazing stories, so many memorable books.

 

Barbara walters asked me once "what would you do if the doctor gave you only six months to live?" I said, "Type faster."

 

The repeating question in the metal minds of his robots is what makes us human, and Asimov knew the answer. This was his greatness. That humble marriage between what we can be as human, and what can we make of our future as scientists, as fictionists. As science fictionists. That is the new form of humanism. The evolution.  Asimov and Darwin are probably playing chess right now, and having a good laugh about creationists.

 
Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful.
It's the transition that's troublesome."
 

And I have said it before and I will say it again, if you want to solve most of humanity's problems  Just change the word 'robot' to 'politician' and apply the same four rules to our government. Think about it. It's that simple.

 
Interview bill moyer - http://youtu.be/1CwUuU6C4pk
Rules of robotics - http://youtu.be/AWJJnQybZlk