For the story alone I would have given this a 4* . As an essay on ethics and non-human ethics (which to me is an oxymoron), I would have given it a 4*. As both in one, it’s at best a 3. A melange of class lecture and fable.
Unfair, because I fundamentally disagree on the concept that programmed electronics can achieve consciousness, which I openly admit I believe is only the domain of the soul, Atman, or whatever animates Life (that thing that leaves upon death). That a high form of thinkingness, computingness, calculation might be achieved I do not disavow.
The story was fascinating. The intruding lectures on ethics etc. will be welcome only to the academic. Woe to us all if ever academic ‘ethicists’ should be our judges or jury. God if he, she or it exists is for certain not to be contained in an academic classroom. And Love, may all poets be blessed, needs no AI defender.
I didn’t quit. I read the whole thing although it was a challenge.
I would recommend the book for the serious reader. I don’t think the author is interested in the casual reader. And good for him.