Machines Like Me

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 07 May 2019

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An interesting intellectual exercise in questions of IA autonomy, emotion, motivation, alternate history, and self-reflection, but also kind of a drag to read and a bit preachy. In an England where technology is far more advanced than the present, and where Alan Turing lives as a 70-year-old, highly decorated celebrity, AIs in human-like bodies have become available for sale. The novel follows the purchaser of one such AI and in time finds that, predictably, some AIs can become more like humans and some humans more like AIs. I finished it because I usually enjoy McEwan's work, but this was a chore to read.
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This novel is a mixup of historical fiction sci fi. It takes place in the 8Os during the Falklands and Margaret thatcher,’s time as PM ? However it is in an alternate universe as technology hand AI have advanced to point where Human like Robots can be bought and live in your home ..Add Alan Turing as a character and you have a rather compelling mash up. I love robots and anything about them so I wanted to read it fir this reason . however I was given a history lesson as well about this time period . Fascinating and compelling with fully realized characters this is a brilliant read
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I gave up on this one because it just moved so slowly, I couldn't stick with it. Interesting premise, but I just didn't have the patience for it.
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