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Do Robots Already Control Us..?

I recently read a handful of books on robots taking over the world, and I thought it fitting to share what they were about. They were absolutely great reads, one somewhat more advanced in the technological sense than the other, but both absolutely fascinating.                                             

The first book I’m going to mention is Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson. It’s pretty self explanatory, it’s basically a science fiction novel that takes place in the near future. The book itself is split between different point of views – “a single mother disconcerted by her daughter’s menacing “smart” toys, a lonely Japanese bachelor who is victimized by his domestic robot companion, an isolated U.S. soldier who witnesses a ‘pacification unit’ go haywire”. The story is mainly about a powerful A.I known as Archos who, unsurprisingly, comes online (sort of brings a certain movie to mind doesn’t it?) This robot then begins to take control of the network of machines that control everything from transportation to defense. 

The second book is entitled Partials and it’s by Dan Wells. This book is part of a larger series, so feel free to check that out. This book essentially has the same point as the first book. Basically humans create robots, robots take over, robots wipe out humans. Same as every other “robot taking over the world book” right? Wrong. Well slightly right, but still wrong. What I found interesting about this book, if I’m not confusing it with the second/third books, is that it goes back and forth between the point of view of humans and robots so that we can get both perspectives. These robots, or Partials, are different from the ones in Robopocalypse because these are a lot more human, in appearance and personality.  

Frankly, all this was to say that the advancement of technologies could one day lead to them taking over. There has already been work done to create robots that will one day work with humans. You can see in this video just how advanced they’ve come with this already! This video is actually quite similar to what Robopocalypse is about. 

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The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
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