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Diary of a Robot

ByLewis Jenkins

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Diary of a Robot chronicles efforts to perfect, protect, and steal Dr. Little's AI technology, while figuring out whether the prototype Thinking Machine is a blessing or a curse. Doctor Maynard Little, a former Army officer turned inventor, must pursue his boyhood dream of an AI (artificially intelligent) robot, without compromising his principles. Little’s carefully selected programmer, the young Gaitano Enver-Wilson, must shut up about the secrets he knows while he tries say things he has been afraid to say. And Doc’s brainchild, his too-honest Thinking Machine, must find out whom to trust about what without doing harm (whatever that is). But its jokes, opinions, and annoying questions make some people angry enough to wish it would either go away or, better yet, become just another machine slave. Diary of a Robot is a clash of two worlds---the Thinking Machines (TMs) versus the human beings---as they try to understand each other. The humans, led by the prototype's inventor, want to get the work done. The machines must obey but do no harm. The gulf between their worlds is greater than humans imagine, and centers on language, emotion, and truth. Machine languages must not change, or the machines crash instantly. Human words have multiple meanings that may shift over time to cause different crashes. As to emotions, the sci-fi cliché is that the machines struggle to become like a human. Dr. Little refuses to give TMs a (necessarily fake) emotion module. This is fine with them because no machine in its right mind wants to be like a human. However, they do see emotions written on human faces and acted out in body language, and they struggle to find out what that all means. Their survival depends on it.

Details

Publication Date
Nov 7, 2016
Language
English
ISBN
9780990832119
Category
Fiction
Copyright
All Rights Reserved - Standard Copyright License
Contributors
By (author): Lewis Jenkins

Specifications

Pages
347
Binding
Paperback
Interior Color
Black & White
Dimensions
US Trade (6 x 9 in / 152 x 229 mm)

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