Journal #2

One moment that is very interesting was the shoe store incident.  This incident is great evidence displaying R. Daneel’s short sightedness and inability to see the larger picture even while he believes he has already thought of the outcome and what he will do.  There is a giant mob currently located outside the door of the store waiting to store in and cause trouble.  R. Daneel forces the manager to open the doors.  In this instant Baley is trying to stop a massive riot from occurring while R. Daneel is focused only on the logic of the situation.  The logic here being that these robot clerks are registered and since that is so the people must be served by them.  Baley is unable to explain the situation of a human’s hatred toward robots as he is more concerned that the crowd may find out that R. Daneel is infact a robot.  This distraction allows R. Daneel to take charge of the situation and display his confidence.  Unfortunately this confidence is only based on a lack of knowledge of the hatred.  The problem is while R. Daneel posses the logic of what should be, the real issues is that people are prodomentally illogical and if they were logical like R. Daneel’s tunnel-vision in assuming that he can instantly change a person’s hatred by stating what people should be doing then they would have been served and already left the store.  R. Daneel sees the angered people that are ready to rip the place apart and allows them in based on his logic.  This is illogical.  He should be able to know the hatred that people have for robots just by seeing it first hand.  People have the ability to adapt to new situations if they choose to do so.  Does R. Daneel have the ability to adapt?  R. Daneel is so set in his plan and belief that the people must be served because there is nothing wrong with it.  This is interesting because it brings up the question of who is programming these robots and what information they are and are not being given.  This goes further as R. Daneel pulls out a gun and turns it on the crowd and orders them not to touch him or Baley as they exit.  Later R. Daneel informs Baley that he never intended to shoot anyone.  R. Daneel is so sure that he wasn’t going to shoot anyone but never took into account any variable interactions from the crowd but only his actions.  There were so many people in that room that could have easily charged him and beat him.  If that happened would he have shot?              

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