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The world’s first fully automated domestic assistant

posted by Jason Kottke   Dec 23, 2003

The world’s first fully automated domestic assistant will be “3 laws safe”.

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openshiftDec 23, 2003 at 10:33AM

This is a teaser site for the film “I, Robot” based on the Asimov book. Will Smith is supposed to play the lead.

BrianDec 23, 2003 at 11:56AM

I’m glad that one of my favorite books is being bade into a film. Let’s hope they don’t screw it up.

The effort put into that teaser site is incredible, and will probably freak some people out. I emailed the link to a friend who just emailed me back with a homily about artificial inteligence and the downfall of society. I can see this becoming a “War of the Worlds” for some people.

I think they should explain the 3 laws to people on the site. It would make it seem less ambiguous and more realistic. That’s my $.02

sarahDec 23, 2003 at 12:49PM

I agree that they should remind us what the three laws are (those of us, that is, who haven’t read Asimov in a while). Now I’m curious all over again.

MarcusDec 23, 2003 at 2:25PM

I think we’ve happened into a “geeks only” viral campaign - not mentioning the laws probably increases the chance of a Slashdot link, don’t you think?

tj hookerDec 23, 2003 at 4:16PM

I’m afraid that Will Smith starring in I, Robot is about what I expected. I can hear the trailer’s voiceover: “In a world where machines walk the earth… one robot broke all the rules…” Here’s my guess supporting actors: Eric Stoltz and that pretty woman who fought Wolverine in X2.

Why are there so few good SF movies?

shaunDec 24, 2003 at 12:02AM

Yeah Will Smith is starring, but it’s directed by Alex Proyas, who did Dark City, which was one of the smarter SF movies of the last few years.

Could go either way.

matt bDec 27, 2003 at 12:15PM

I was reading about it’s features and I thought it was real until I read that it can draw power from water. That is something scientists are currently trying to do (draw hydrogen away from water, and store it without it exploding and killing everything), which would eliminate the need for the use of gasoline, etcetera.

The water thing is going to give it away to geeks like me.

KyleDec 29, 2003 at 4:31AM

Dark City, ruined the the story at the very start, it would have been better not telling us why they neede human subjects, but on the other hand, Will Smith ruined ID4, with was a very crappy look at “wars of the worlds” I would rather see huge tripods walking around than someone’s false hope of area 51, of course the main reassion why I saw that movie was because of Brent Spinner “Data” from star trek, but back to Isaac Aismov’s, Great writings, a movie is only a movie, but it’s the book that opens the mind, and the mind will never be replaced by a machine or other wise ” if droids were ment to think, none of would be here right now” Star Wars II

dav7963Dec 31, 2003 at 3:48PM

This is really good hype to build the movie by… a long time a go in a galaxy far away they started out with teasers much like this…

RayJan 02, 2004 at 9:49PM

I have confirmed the “I, Robot” is a movie coming out in 2004. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0343818/ But the teaser is great, I could have sworn it had the Sony logo on it when I first saw it (-:

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