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Concept art made to accompany Harlan Ellison’s unmade script for “I, Robot.” Susan Calvin as a child, young woman, and old woman.

I loved the script, but having read it over, like so many other far-out scifi concepts, it simply was too ambitious to make with the limitations of special effects in 1978. See also: Oliver Stone’s original script for Conan the Barbarian (I am not kidding). 

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Isaac Asimov: The Three Laws of Robotics

Note Asimov’s pronunciation of “robot” as “ro-but”. I’ve noticed other sci fi figures of the mid-20th century – Rod Serling, for example – employed the same pronunciation.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson and panelists discuss de-extinction in the 2017 Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate at the American Museum of Natural History. Biologists today have the knowledge, the tools, and the ability to influence the evolution of life on Earth. Do we have an obligation to bring back species that human activities may have rendered extinct? Does the technology exist to do so? Join Tyson and the panel for a lively debate about the merits and shortcomings of this provocative idea.

2017 Asimov Debate panelists are:

George Church
Professor of Health Sciences and Technology, Harvard University and MIT

Hank Greely
Director of the Center for Law and the Biosciences, Stanford University

Gregory Kaebnick
Scholar, The Hastings Center; Editor, Hastings Center Report

Ross MacPhee
Curator, Department of Mammalogy, Division of Vertebrate Zoology; Professor, Richard Gilder Graduate School

Beth Shapiro
Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz