Catch that Rabbit

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Catch the Rabbit (1944) is a science-fiction short story found in I, Robot and written by Isaac Asimov.

Powell and Donovan are now in charge of field tests of an asteroid mining robot. For some reason, if they don't watch the robot it comes back empty. The robot has subsidiary robots under its control, and when they secretly observe the robot it starts going on absurd marches and dances with its subsidiaries whenever something unexpected happens.

Here, Asimov anthropomorphises by having a robot twiddle its thumbs when it can't think of what to do. (Which is to say that one of the characters draws that analogy; how seriously Asimov meant it is unclear.) In many cases, robopsychology - personified by Susan Calvin - runs parallel to human psychology. For instance we have already seen hysteria and religious mania.




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