What Do Isaac Asimov And Dr Zoidberg Have In Common?

What Do Isaac Asimov And Dr Zoidberg Have In Common?

Inspired by Arthur C. Clarke’s eery ability to predict the future, I went lurking around YouTube to see if I could find similar pronouncements from one of the other greats of science fiction, Isaac Asimov. I failed in that task, but discovered something that ties Asimov directly into Futurama.

There’s a couple of very cool things here:
• Isaac Asimov, dictating the original three laws of robotics. That can’t be anything but cool.
• This isn’t intended to poke fun at anybody’s accent, human or alien. Heck, it’s Isaac Asimov! I’m tempted to declare that “rowbut” is the official standard pronunciation — I mean, who’s better qualified to state how it should be pronounced?
• It makes me wonder: Is Zoidberg a deliberate Asimov homage — Futurama’s quite well known for dropping science in-jokes into scripts wherever possible — or just coincidental?