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A collection of stories that forces one to think
Reviewed in the United States on April 24, 2015
A.I. Chronicles is a collection of stories that forces one to think. Every story within this grouping represents a question that forces us back to the mirror of our own humanity.
In The Syntax of Consciousness by Pavarti K. Tyler we have the question what happens when the freshly born soul of an A.I. comes into direct conflict with the depressed soul of humanity?
Restore by Susan Kaye Quinn asks what happens when a medical robot’s primary mission to love its patient requires it to face up to conflicting parameters?
What happens when your job is replaced by A.I., ineffectively? ... in Narai, by E.E. Giorgi
What if A.I. controlled an entire military force? ... in Sub-Human by David Simpson
What happens when a self-aware A.I. escapes unchecked into the world wide web? ... in Auto by Angela Cavanaugh
Although all hold an interest, stories that I thought really stood out include:
Narai by E.E. Giorgi. Narai struck home with me as I once lost my own job due to economic cutbacks. I sympathized with the protagonist and his struggles in his new position as a baby-sitter for the machine that replaced him.
Maker by Sam Best. Maker had a very other-worldly feel to me, similar to the feeling I had watching the movies 2001 or Oblivion. There was a feeling of being transported to a distant reality and observing the consequences of an evolution. Sam Best set a terrific scene presented a difficult choice.
Finally, The Turing Cube by Alex Albrinck presented a tale that I found refreshing in its unexpectedness. I will not say more, but I love turns that I do not anticipate, and this one was fun.
Overall, I give this collection 4 stars, mostly for the various ways in which this collection drew me in as a reader. Pick it up. I highly recommend it.