Saturday, 25 September 2010

All the troubles of the world

All the troubles of the world is a science fiction short story written by Isaac Asimov. This story was first published in 1958 and it is about an intelligent machine with great responsibilities, called Multivac.

“Multivac was the greatest machine in the world” begins this brilliant story, introducing to us in this way to a great computer which has the daily job of working with facts. It deals with every person’s facts of the entire world.

In a context in which crime has been eradicated, Multivac predicts a case of murder. People who work inside the machine are certainly worried and start an investigation which ends up in a shocking discovery. After arresting Joe Manners, and later on his son, Ben, it is discovered that Multivac is tired and was it that started a plan to die. Surprisingly, this extraordinary machine has developed human sensitivity and it is exhausted of dealing with every single trouble of the world.



  1. Did you like the story? Why? Tell us about your feelings or opinion about it.

  2. When I was a teenager I used to read Isaac Asimov as well. When I read something related to some concepts of science fiction as Asimov could show in his writings, I amaze myself about how visionary a person may be. Nice to remember him :). Regards.


  3. This story is an extraordinary one. While reading, it made me think how dangerous science can be sometimes. Maybe, it would be better for us, people to try to develop our own humanity instead of inventing machines to control our lives. Only human beings can understand each other, and only human beings can make things go better….what do you think?


  4. I agree with sunshine. I fear of the risk of technologies, and how scientists try to create machines to control and make our life "easier". We should think of these better, and make people aware of the risk and the things we may loose.