Originally Posted by RDaneel54
And the pocket computer, and miniaturization of electronics.
I like Asimov for his exploration of ideas like the collapse of a galactic civilization, the effects of robotics (a word he invented), etc.
It is always easy to judge earlier science fiction in the light of today's technology. Not so easy to write of the future and not be considered "outdated" down the road.
And do not forget "The three laws of robotics". The computers in his time when most of his works were written ran on vacuum tubes and were the size of a good size house of the times. Solid state and microchips at the time were not even a dream until the 1950's.
Sure he is dated, but when reading him one has to keep in mind the ways of the world he lived in, when he wrote his works.