Robots: The Recent A.I.
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Robots: The Recent A.I.

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From Kapek''s biotech machines of R.U.R. to Kuttner''s Proud Robot to the fictional assortment of mechanical sex toys, rebels, grandmothers, servants, and masters, these machines have represented our dreams as well as our anxieties. We love these literary creations but fear them as well. Stories from the last decade representing the many faces of robots - beautiful, hideou...more
Paperback, 406 pages
Published February 14th 2012 by Prime Books (first published February 8th 2012)
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A surprisingly excellent collection about mechanical beings. Nearly all are thoughtful and inventive, and even the worst of the collection is merely unimpressive.

"Eros, Philia, Agape" by Rachel Swirsky. A robot loves his human family, but knows that he was programmed to love them. He ventures into the desert to find his own mind and emotions. This remains one of the best sf short stories I've ever read. The language is simple but descriptive, the people nuanced and fully realized even in a tiny...more
Apr 28, 2014 Cathy marked it as in-progress-will-get-back-to
Turns out I've already read two terrific stories from this book, Kiss Me Twice by Mary Robinette Kowal and Silently and Very Fast by Catherynne M. Valente. These two were nominated for numerous awards and actually deserved the recognition, they're great stories. I was already planning to read Aliette de Bodard's The Shipmaker very soon as well. So I've got a head start on what could be a very good book, if these three are any indication. It may be some time until I'm able to get back to the whol...more
I really enjoyed this collection. It's been years since I read a lot of science fiction, although it used to be one of my favorite genres, and after reading this I felt a little more up to date on the possibilities being explored in the realm of artificial intelligence.

Many of the stories were quite erotic, and at first that surprised me. But I soon realized that it makes sense that stories that so directly confront concepts of human consciousness and identity would become stories about relatio...more
This is a great collection of AI-themed short stories. I think "Kiss Me Twice" (by Mary Robinette Kowal), a marvelous human/AI buddy cop detective story, is probably the strongest story in the group, but I didn't find any that I thought were weak. "Houses" (by Mark Pantoja) was another one of my favorites. The stories really run the gamut from humans adapting to AI, AI adapting to humans, AI living without humans, etc. The only thing missing from this collection are stories about humans living w...more
This collection of 18 short stories analyzes the possible relationships humans may have with robots. The relationships range from guardian to friend to lover. The locales range from outer space to urban centers to an abandoned earth. The stories are well written and flow well, but are very open-ended.

Overall, there is a real ambivalence in these stories toward robots and a.i. development. Generally, thoughts that a.i. could be negative are disregard as the thoughts of the uninformed. The stories...more
John Orman
Robot stories that tell all about robots, how they can be both beautiful and deadly.

"I, Robot" by Cory Doctorow is quite a tale of robots and their relationship to humanity.
Interesting stories exploring artificial intelligence. I really liked Algorithms for Love, A Jar of Goodwill, The Nearest Thing and I Robot.
Manish Katyal
I'm not a fan of short stories - but these were rather good.
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