Better than a UTO sighting (Unidentified Typewriting Object) was the sight of Isaac Asimov touch typing on a ‘Baby’ Selectric 721, some 8 minutes into the first episode of The Real History of Science Fiction, Episode 1: Robots.

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If I’m not mistaken he was typing with his eyes closed!

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After demonstrating his mastery of the keyboard, Asimov explained the rules of robotics …

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“The first law is as follows: A robot may not harm a human being, or through inaction allow a human being to come to harm.

Rule Number Two: A robot must obey orders given it by qualified personnel, unless those orders violate Rule Number One. In other words a robot can’t be ordered to kill a human being.

Rule Number Three: A robot must be able to protect its own existence (after-all it’s an expensive piece of equipment) unless it violates Rules One or Two.

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Isaac and I share two things in common…

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…. our taste in typewriters and our lack of belief …

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