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October 18, 2020
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October 18, 2020

Robot Dreams Practice by Isaac Asimov

Which line from the story shows Susan Calvin’s fear that robots could become able to think on their own?


“And did you know who the man was—in your dream?”

“And the First Law, Elvex, which is the most important of all, is ‘A robot may not injure a human being, or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.’”

Calvin turned to Linda. “Elvex is only ten station. How does he know of robots in such detail?”

“You have created a robot brain capable of dreaming and by this device you have revealed a layer of thought in robotic brains that might have remained undetected, otherwise, until the danger became acute.”

Which line shows Susan Calvin’s hypothesis as to why this robot is dreaming?


“We’ll see,” said Calvin. “The robot may prove too valuable to dismantle.”

“You’ve made a positronic brain pattern remarkably like that of a human brain.”

“How do you know you have dreamed?”

“As we would say of a human being, not consciously.”

What is the meaning of the word “precedence”?


Priority

Final consideration

Status

Coming after

What does the Third Law of Robotics state, according to Elvex’s dream?


A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.

A robot may not injure a human being, or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.

A robot must protect its own existence.

A robot must provide consistent, quality work at all times.

Which passage shows why Elvex was killed by Dr. Calvin?


You have created a robot brain capable of dreaming and by this device you have revealed a layer of thought in robotic brains that might have remained undetected, otherwise, until the danger became acute.

You will not be penalized for what you have done, but you will henceforth work in collaboration with others.

“And did you know who the main was – in your dream?” … And Elvex said, “I was the man.”

And again the robot became, to all appearances, a single inert piece of metal.

What kind of brain structure did Dr. Rash create for Elvex?


Fractal

Bionic

Circuit board

Radioactive

Which passage shows the skill and knowledge of Dr. Calvin?


It was impossible to analyze a pattern without at least a handheld computer, yet the Old Woman simply stared.

Susan Calvin said nothing, but her lined face, old with wisdom and experience, seemed to undergo a microscopic twitch.

She was suddenly aware, with some shock, that the Old Woman had an electron gun in the pocket of her smock.

You’ve made a positronic brain pattern remarkably like that of a human brain.

How many nights had Elvex been dreaming before he told Dr. Rash?


1

5

10

15

Which line in the story is an example of analogy?

Did she grasp such a pattern the way Mozart grasped the notation of a symphony?

A very small smile passed over Calvin’s face.

Calvin’s faded eyes looked long at the young woman.

Did she have a computer implanted in her skull?

Which line from the story gives us an indication of the status of the two scientists?


“You had no right. Rash your name; rash your nature. Who are you not to ask? I myself, I, Susan Calvin, would have discussed this.”

No change came over the old face. As though vast calculations were going through her head, she watched all the pattern shifts

What could Linda, a new and unproven robopsychologist, do against the Living Legend?

Linda looked in the direction of a chair as though she longed to sit down, but the Old Woman was standing and that meant Linda had to stand also.

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