Prophets of Science Fiction: Looks at the life and work of Isaac Asimov, who wrote of a future where mechanical men can do the work for humans. His ideas inspired General Motors to create Unimate, the first industrial robot, and paved the way for the widespread automation of modern industry.
The Naked Sun was a warning bell of sorts, predicting a future in which men would use robots in war. With its advanced robotics and unmanned drones, the modern battlefield looks increasingly like Asimov’s predictions. And in Bicentennial Man, Asimov foretells a future in which man and machine will merge as robotic parts supplant human parts. Today, bionic limbs, implanted smart chips, and robotic exoskeletons bear testament to Asimov’s predictions.
Were he alive today, Asimov, who coined the term “robotics,” would see that the futuristic vision of a robot-friendly world he imagined in his prolific body of fictional work has become a reality.