I picked up a copy of Isaac Asimov's "Foundation's Edge" at a Little Free Library in Ann Arbor, and figured that I would trade up for what I really wanted - Asimov's classic "I robot", a series of short stories about the evolution of robot consciousness.
I remember reading Asimov in middle school and high school, and reflecting on the Three Laws of Robotics and how they are imperfectly applied in today's age of artificial intelligences and virtual assistants.
- A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
- A robot must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
- A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.
If you have an Ann Arbor District Library card, I, robot is available for reserve (and you'll get your copy after i'm done reading it). Otherwise my recommendation is to order from Literati in Ann Arbor, or globally from Amazon. A copy is a perfect gift for your personal assistant!