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“You Will Be Assimilated: Data vs. The Borg” Up at The Book Smugglers

I’ve got an article out today about a sci-fi trope I’ve always found rather curious: the robot who wants to be human.  As you know, robots are near and dear to my heart, and how they’re treated in-narrative speaks volumes to me about empathy and humanity.

In “You Will Be Assimilated: Data vs. The Borg” I discuss the cultural implications of the trope and how it relates to assimilation and colonialism.  And I cover more than just Star Trek–we’ve got Xenomorphs, pod people, Cybermen, and more.

We as biological entities are positive we understand what losing ourselves to the artificial would be like. And yet we fail to lend a similar understanding to how a robot might feel upon assimilating into the biological, because we can easily see the horror in personally being overtaken, but refuse to see the horror when we overtake.

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To read the full article,  head on over to The Book Smugglers.

Happy reading!

~Marina

 

 

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From Robby to Roomba: Article up at Tor.com!

Hello, all! Happy Earth Day! Do not fear the singularity, meaty Earth inhabitants!

In honor of Earth Day, Nicky Drayden (Author of THE PREY OF GODS) and I teamed up to do a roundtable interview with futurists and AI specialists to bring you a science-based look at our favorite sci-fi staple: artificial intelligence.

Our amazing participants include Felix Yuan (twitter), an AI engineer and sci-fi author; Ross Goodwin (twitter), an artist and technologist; and Martin Ford ( twitter), a futurist and non-fiction author.

Here’s a taste:

What are some common misconceptions about the current state of Artificial Intelligence?

ROSS: That AI should and will be human shaped, and that it will destroy us all. These are both wonderful fictional elements that have made many stories about AI the ones we know and love today, but they’re not healthy slices of reality. Real design requires real thought and consideration. (For example, ask yourself the following question: which robot makes more sense in real life: C3PO or R2D2? The answer should be obvious.)

MARTIN: Many people both under- and overestimate where we are regarding AI. They tend to underestimate the potential for specialized AI to have enormous impacts on society—in terms of white-collar jobs being automated, as well as in areas like privacy and so forth. On the other hand, many people overestimate how close we are to the true human-level AI you see in science fiction movies.

FELIX: I think the biggest misconception of AI is what AI actually is. I think there’s a grand expectation that AI is going to manifest itself as some sort of high level intelligence that is, if not human-like, will compete at the level of humanity or surpass it. The reality is that AI is already among us in way more mundane ways from playing ancient board games all the way to driving cars. It’s much more limited than the public perception of it, which makes it all the more fascinating.

Read the rest here!

You can look for more Earth Day science brought to you by Harper Voyager authors by following the #HVsciencefair hashtag on twitter.

As always, happy reading!

~Marina (author of NOUMENON…  😉 )

 

 

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