My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Review for the Novella in the Robot Chronicles.
How a robot is driven by an emotional sadist to suicide. About 22,000 words or a 2 hour read.
An eccentric robot saves the solar system with his 14 year old accomplice.
About 33 thousand words, or a 3 hour read.
“Play out thirty years of your life as a brilliant robot maker, from graduate school near the present day to a future in which your robots have changed everything.”
It helped me discover what I valued most in regards to AGI development and my dreams for the future of robot-human interaction. I’d recommend it to anyone serious about AGI (Artificial General Intelligence) or Robots.
For my review read on (about 500 words or a 2 minute read):
Guy loses everything due to a combination of attachment to the past and desire for vengeance while tromping through Disney land. About 53 thousand words or a 5 hour read.
I wish I had good things to say about this Novella. I hope Disney pays Cory Doctorow handsome sums to write his infomercials about Disney land :-|(_blase (I feel blase)).
First couple of chapters the protagonist was a transhuman, but then he became some kind of caveman with unbridled emotion and senseless action.
I think overall it’s a tragedy, in terms of character arc. The characters start out somewhat reasonable and then just go down hill from there. None of the characters get better, or solve their inner issues. Though a few external ones are “solved”, at great personal and professional expense.
If we try to ignore the blatant advertising, there were some bits about human backups, which allow a person to restore from backup in case they die. Related to it was the ability to accept others experience, just as the initial experience was fed to the clone incarnation. Also there was the reputation based currency or whoofie.
My understanding is that in part this was a piece to show how terrible reputation based currency is. Due to the petty popularity games and rivalries that are showcased in the book.
Can buy or download it free below:
For your reading pleasure I have a modified version which replaces all occurrences of Disney and Magic with Liberty:
This is a space opera milieu, starting as a mystery and ending as an event story of a post-human utopic society of galaxy spanning robots.
Rossums Universal Robots or R.U.R. for short is the undisputed origin of the term “robots”.