For the past five years, she has been grown slowly as part of a mixed organic/synthetic family. She knows very little about her android mother’s past, so when her grandmother arrives and attacks them, young Amy wastes no time: she eats her alive.
Now she’s on the run, carrying her malfunctioning granny as a partition on her memory drive. She’s growing quickly, and learning too. Like the fact that in her, and her alone, the failsafe that stops all robots from harming humans has stopped working… Which means that everyone wants a piece of her, some to use her as a weapon, others to destroy her.
©2012 Madeline Ashby (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
“Ashby’s debut is a fantastic adventure story that carries a sly philosophical payload about power and privilege, gender and race. It is often profound, and it is never boring.” (Cory Doctorow)
"vN might just be the most piercing interrogation of humanoid AI since Asimov kicked it all off with the Three Laws.” (Peter Watts)
Sci-Fi genre is full of stories about self-aware artificial intelligence and their place in the human world. This book is off the beaten 'But I'm a real boy (girl)' path. Don't expect dwelling on AI vs Humans ethical questions, they are there but not as a centerpiece of the story, it never moralizes and makes you feel like you just sat through a Sunday school lesson about humanity.
vN is about evolution of artificial 'life', designed as help and entertainment, constrained by Asimov's Laws of Robotics and programmed limits to morality. They reproduce by iteration, which is as much of self-replicating as human children are replicas of their parents. Ultimately, that’s the moral of the story – we are more than we’re made to be and that restrictions, limitations and expectations will not in the end hold us back. The same goes for robots.
The writing is tight, the characters likable, and the story is compelling. The book is is fairly low on technobabble, and it’s character-driven as well as idea-driven.
Not really - it was frustrating experience.
Probably not. There were compelling ethical questions but no answers or hints that the author even knew what questions the book raised.
For some reason, the speaker pronounced Javier with a 'D'. Very odd and took you out of the narrative spell repeatedly.
Sure - Hollywood would turn it into a sci-fi action flick much like 'I, Robot'. It would be a fun way to pass the time with some popcorn.
I really wanted to like it - the description sounded right up my alley.
"Entertaining, but could've been more."
Vaguely reminded me of Stephen Fine's "Molly Dear: The Autobiography of an Android" in the beginning, but gets better and to be its own thing along the way.
Was entertaining enough for a story that, with a mild degree of tongue in cheek, could be described as "a 'quiverfull' guy and a bleeding heart girl battle a strong, separatist woman."
Liked the voice talent.
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