Isaac Asimov Quotes

Isaac Asimov

US science fiction novelist & scholar (1920 - 1992)

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It is change, continuing change, inevitable change, that is the dominant factor in society today. No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be.... This, in turn, means that our statesmen, our businessmen, our everyman must take on a science fictional way of thinking.

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The three fundamental Rules of Robotics...One: a robot may not injure a human being, or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm...Two:..a robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law...Three: a robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First and Second Laws.

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Part of the inhumanity of the computer is that, once it is competently programmed and working smoothly, it is completely honest.

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One, a robot may not injure a human being, or through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm;
Two, a robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law; Three, a robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.

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If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them.

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Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.

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To surrender to ignorance and call it God has always been premature, and it remains premature today.

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Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.

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Violence is the diplomacy of the incompetent.

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If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them.

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The most hopelessly stupid man is he who is not aware that he is wise.

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No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be. . ..

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It pays to be obvious, especially if you have a reputation for subtlety.

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It pays to be obvious, especially if you have a reputation for subtlety.

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I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them.

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Science can be introduced to children well or poorly. If poorly, children can be turned away from science; they can develop a lifelong antipathy; they will be in a far worse condition than if they had never been introduced to science at all.

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