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"Prophets of Science Fiction" Isaac Asimov (2012)

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Prophets of Science Fiction: Season 1: Episode 5 -- Isaac Asimov dreamed of a better future where robots can do mankind's dirty work. His I, Robot stories led to the creation of real-life industrial robots--and inspired generations to embrace the science and technology of a robo-friendly world.


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Original Air Date:
1 February 2012 (Season 1, Episode 5)
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 (Episode Cast)

Jonathan Adams ... Narrator (voice)
Colin Angle ... Himself - CEO / Chairman, iRobot
Isaac Asimov ... Himself (archive footage)

Chad Bennett ... Himself (archive footage)
David Brin ... Himself - Futurist
John W. Campbell Jr. ... Himself - Editor, Astounding Science Fiction Magazine (archive footage)

Harlan Ellison ... Himself - Author

Amanda Jane Fleming ... Lady in Pink

Matt Fraction ... Himself - Writer

Akiva Goldsman ... Himself - Screenwriter

Adolf Hitler ... Himself (archive footage)

Jason Johnson ... Isaac Asimov

Michio Kaku ... Himself - Theoretical Physicist

V.I. Lenin ... Himself (archive footage)
Maja Mataric ... Herself - Professor of Computer Science, University of Southern California

Bridget Moynahan ... Susan Calvin in 'I, Robot' (archive footage)

Roberto Orci ... Himself - Screenwriter

Oliver Platt ... Rupert Burns in 'Bicentennial Man' (archive footage)
Harv Popick ... Father of isaac asimov

Tom Riordan ... IRobot (archive footage)
Kim Stanley Robinson ... Himself - Author

Ridley Scott ... Himself (archive footage)
John Siuntres ... Himself
George A. Slusser ... Himself - Professor of Comparative Literature, University of California

Will Smith ... Del Spooner in 'I, Robot' (archive footage)
Nicole Stott ... Herself - Mission Specialist, STS-133 (Space Shuttle) (archive footage)

Alan Tudyk ... Sonny in 'I, Robot' (voice) (archive footage)
Dan Vebber ... Himself - TV producer
Eddie White ... Young Asimov

Robin Williams ... Andrew Martin in 'Bicentennial Man' (archive footage)

Karen E. Wright ... Featured

Episode Crew
Directed by
Declan Whitebloom 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Thomas Quinn 

Produced by
Gary Auerbach .... executive producer
Julie Auerbach .... executive producer
Henry Capanna .... executive producer in charge of production
David Cargill .... co-executive producer
Rocky Collins .... executive producer
Charlie Cook .... story producer
David Franzke .... line producer
Alistair Knapp .... producer
Jason S. Lee .... associate producer
Mary Lisio .... executive producer
Nino Lopez .... associate producer
Bernadette McDaid .... executive producer
Kaitlin McIntyre .... producer
Deborah Adler Myers .... executive producer
Dennis Principe Jr. .... production executive
Katie Pyne .... associate producer
Thomas Quinn .... producer
Ridley Scott .... executive producer
Kathryn Takis .... field producer
Kevin Tavolaro .... story producer
Fred Villari .... field producer
David W. Zucker .... executive producer
Original Music by
Scott Greer (series)
Joel J. Richard 
Film Editing by
Joseph Lorenzetti 
Brian Razzano 
J.D. Richardson 
Mike Ferrone (uncredited)
Casting by
Chad Patterson 
Art Direction by
Gary Kroytor 
Makeup Department
Tara Lang .... makeup artist
Production Management
Christopher Lauer .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Isaac Heckert .... second unit director
Sound Department
John Barzelay .... sound mixer
Matt Radlauer .... sound mixer
Wally Skinner .... sound mixer
Visual Effects by
Alena Cochran .... visual effects artist
Jeff Fuller .... visual effects artist
Patrick Hibbs II .... visual effects artist
Sean McHale .... graphics coordinator
John Mitchell .... lead visual effects artist
Camera and Electrical Department
Leif Lindhjem .... b camera operator
Megan Mitchell .... digital imaging technician
Animation Department
Ray Dillon .... animator (animation segment)
Casting Department
Chad Patterson .... casting producer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Megan Hofferth .... stylist
Editorial Department
Jeffrey Bell .... editor
Brandon Crooks .... post production supervisor
AJ Havrilla .... assistant editor
Elizabeth Krasick .... assistant editor
Shane Lefler .... colorist
Shane Lefler .... on-line editor
Andrew Parkhurst .... first assistant editor
Location Management
Alexandra Gibson .... location manager
Music Department
Joel J. Richard .... composer: theme music
Other crew
Eric Day .... production coordinator
Hilari Farrell .... production accountant
Henry Hobson .... director: title sequence
Kelly Tanaka .... production accountant


Additional Details

43 min (excluding commercials)


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Aid, enemy... or replacement?, 18 November 2013
Author: Grann-BachB from Denmark

This documentary consists of expert(with fellow creators, Hollywood and otherwise, and those who have helped bring his work into the real world) interviews, film clips, real footage, computer simulations(of what could not otherwise be shown, and that which remains theory) and narration. It is about author Isaac Asimov, perhaps mostly known for his sci-fi, but he also wrote about science, among many other non-fiction subjects.

Covered are that robots(the main focus throughout - of this, as well as his body of work), in his view, are potentially helpful – not threatening, as it so far had been perceived – in spite of xenophobia, "nannies", an operating system, outer space colonization, trans-humanism/cyborgs(prosthetic limbs), when does a machine earn human status and deserve equal rights and the singularity(we and they evolve until we are "one").

His optimism always guiding him, he explored whether they can have emotions and how they will react to/deal with them, the 3 laws of robotics(and their potential weaknesses! Certainly, they are crafted with great intent but they don't always work out, pointing to that rules have to be complex, take into account many finer details) and the possibility of "brainwashing" them to allow them to kill people. This also goes into questions raised by that, such as if they can take away jobs(or are they merely vital tools, assisting others in important work like surgery?) and military applications(something he would not have approved of).

There is some disturbing content, and a little bloody violence in this. I recommend this to any fan of the man. 8/10

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