After Dr. Link is killed in his university lab, the prime suspect is his robot creation, Adam. The robot is taken into custody and tells Dr. Link's daughter Mina that he has no memory of what happened. She wants him released but a court hearing has been scheduled for the following Monday and the expected result is that Adam will be dismantled. Mina convinces now retired civil right attorney Thurman Cutler to defend him. Mina believes Adam to be a sentient being whose artificial intelligence allows him to make reasoned decisions. Cutler wants him tried for murder because if he can do so, Adam's humanity must first be recognized. Written by
Did You Know?
The title is from "I, Robot", a short story first published in 1939 by Eando Binder. The story is based on this piece of literature, and not on Isaac Asimov's better-known short story collection. See more
In his ruling at the end of the episode, the judge says that "the Constitution defines a person has a human being", and that the Constitution "empowers the courts to interpret and reinterpret its meaning..." In fact, the U.S. Constitution contains no definition whatsoever of "person" (though the word is used frequently), never uses the words "human" or "human being" at all, and contains no grant of an "interpretative power" to the courts in any of its provisions or amendments. See more
The Control Voice
Empathy, sacrifice, love. These qualities are not confined to walls of flesh and blood, but are found within the deepest, best parts of man's soul, no matter where that soul resides.