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  1. Remember how explanatory notes are written. “I, Norma-Jean Baker, admit that in the middle of the twentieth century, I provoked the fashion for blonde beauties.” The comma implies “that is”. And if it were “I am Norma Jean Baker”, then the dash would not mean “that is”, but “this, I am”. Feel the difference? If with a dash-then this is a postulate, you seem to prove that you are Marilyn Monroe. And with a comma, just explain, clarify.�
    In general, such a thing happens not only in sentences with “I”. How, for example, do the media publish the comments of some celebrity? “Singer X has announced that he is retiring from the stage. Here's what others think about it. Ivan Ivanov, TV presenter: “I'm very surprised.” The dash will not be used in such cases.�
    And one more thing: punctuation is partly to replace intonation in writing. “Ivan the Terrible, tyrant and autocrat” sounds different from “Ivan the Terrible-tyrant and autocrat”. Here we come back to what you want – to prove that he was one, or just “specify a characteristic”.

  2. The meaning of the comma is to emphasize and reinforce the fact that the robot in this case is a creature that is aware of the fact of its existence (self-awareness), and the robot is a person. “I, Robot – the same as I am a Robot”. There is a similar example of using a comma in the title of the BBC series I, Claudius and the novel by the English writer Robert Graves, written on behalf of the Emperor Claudius. Пример: I, Eduard, promise and swear to be just and honest to any person.

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