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Set in the year 2035, this film examines the near future in which robots are a part of every day life. A world not too dissimilar from our own, showcasing the pace of technology. Like with luddites during the industrial revolution, this world has robotophobics. One such robotophobic is Chicago Police Detective Del Spooner.

Spooner finds himself spearheading the investigation into the death of Dr. Alfred Lanning, a developer at at U.S. Robotics. It appears the Dr. was murdered by a robot, Sonny, even though this would break the three laws of robotics which govern all robots.

If robots can break those laws, there's nothing to stop them from taking over the world, as humans have grown to become completely dependent upon their robots.

I, Robot is based on the short story collection by Issac Asimov of the same title. In it, Asimov postulates three laws of robotics, which all positronic brains must adhere to:

1) A robot may not injure a human being or through inaction allow a human being to come to harm.
2) A robot must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
3) A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

Upon close examination, these three laws provide a watertight6 structure within which it should be impossible for a robot to harm a human, or allow them to be harmed if they can stop it.

 

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