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The Robots of Dawn by Isaac Asimov
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May 08, 09

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Read in May, 2009

I think whether or not you are facinated with artificial intelligence will determine whether you enjoy this book. For sure, there is a fairly interesting detective story going on, but other than that the book is very long exploration of human relationships (sexual and otherwise) with robots. I really like delving into what nearly-human robots would mean for humanity so I loved the book. Admittedly for the first few hundred pages it was quite repetitive (no one on this planet could have killed him but me! but I didn't do it! but no one else could have! but it wasn't me!) but it turns into a real page-turner before long.

I can't say much about it without spoilers but while I liked the individual robots in the story (and love the idea of human-like robots) what happens at the end makes the rise of robots a more terrifying prospect than ever I have read in any of these types of scenarios! Even though (or perhaps because) the robots have the good of humanity at heart. Yes, it's WAY worse than those robots rolling over human skulls at the start of Terminator...
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