Saturday, 17 September 2011

Review: We, Robots - Sue Lange

Genre: Sci-fi
Pages: 96 (ebook)
Published: 2010 (2007)
Source: For review
Review by Lis

Avey, a personal robot purchased as a companion for a child must learn how to think like a human.

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Time for something entirely different. When B. fist send me the request for Sue Lange’s We, Robots I was expecting something entirely different than what I got. I expected more or less a light YA book, what I got was a fascinating in depth SF story that left my mind boggling. I can hear you thinking: Lis, what are you talking about?

Well, we’re talking robots today. Artificial Intelligence to be precise. We, Robots is the story of AV-1 are Avey, a AI Robot made to be a sort of nanny. He’s bought by Dal and Chit to look after their daughter Angelina. This is a time where robots are available in Wal Mart. Very scary. At first the story is very emotionless or static as Avey doesn’t have feelings or emotions.

However, this story settles around the notion of Singularity. Now singularity is a complex notion and even after reading this story, I’m not sure I understand it all. What it comes down to is this: singularity is the point where artificial intelligence becomes greater and thus surpasses human intelligence. It would be the point that AI’s no longer need humans for their creation. It is also linked to humanity shedding it’s mortal skin, but I’m not entirely sure on that. However, it’s the point that is feared by humans because it could mean that robot could turn on their creators.

Yes, I can hear you thinking. Humans are the top dogs and it never bodes well for when they are not. Thus, a chip is introduced that cause the robots to feel pain and a range of emotions so they can be controlled by humans.

It’s also the turning point in the story, because once you give something feelings it clouds the rational mind. I mean I so do not want to be recycled and I can understand robots not longer want that either.

All the events in this story are told from Avey’s POV. Suddenly he’s not longer just a nanny robot. He’s got all these feelings to deal with. The story is old as he watches Angelina grow up.

Avey is one cool, sweet, witty robot. He’s very sweet and caring and it’s very hard not to like him. At the end of the story there’s a spin that I think you’ll like.

We, Robots is very much the story that deal with injustice (let’s face it, we humans are cruel) and is told from the oppressed’ side. After reading this, I hated being human.

All in all We, Robots is not an easy Sci-Fi story to read. It’s very interesting because it also deals in “what if’s” What if the future is like this. What if we become like this. What if.. But at the same time it’s hard not to like Avey and his story. While an unlikely read for me, I’m glad I got the chance to read this.



17 comments:

  1. The notion of singularity has got me thinking. I wonder if it has to do with souls not needing mortal vessels.

    Just the thought of Walmart scares me, nevermind robots in Walmart.

    The title is unfortunate, as it makes me think of I, Robot.

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  2. Wow Lis, certainly an unusual book. Thanks for the review.

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  3. This does look like a different kind of read. It sounds good! The idea of Singularity is a scary one. I always felt creeped out by robots and the thought that they could take over. This reminds me a bit of the film I Robot.

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  4. Good for you - reading something new for you!! It sounds like a sweet story.

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  5. How interesting. It sounds like a mixture of I, Robot and Planet of the Apes. That really might make a good read. I'm curious.

    I bow to our robot overlords! ;D

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  6. I think I would like it, I appreciate good sci-fi, exposing how cruel, stupid apes we, humans really are. Great, honest review Lis.

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  7. Not really something I would read but I always support others reading something new :)

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  8. Like others, the title totally makes me think of I, Robot by Isaac Asimov.

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  9. I would never think that this one would be interesting at all just based on that crazy cover!

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  10. Hmmmmm this one sounds like it might require a lot of thinking - definitely a change from a good bit of what I read. Loved your take on it! :)

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  11. This sounds like a book that might interest me, as long as I can ignore the cover. And, as Stephanie mentioned, is also puts me in mind of Assimov's I Robot, which I assume must be intentional.

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  12. This isn't anything I would normally pick up but it sure sounds intriguing.

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  13. I'd not heard of this one before. Thanks for the review here. :)

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  14. This is not the kind of book I normally read at all but I really enjoyed reading your review!

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  15. Quite different for the both of you. Interesting concepts and ones that I enjoy exploring. What is life and what makes someone or thing human?
    These are ideas in one of my fav shows, Battlestar Galactica.

    thanks for the review!

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