Edmond West, a brilliant MIT drop-out, is convinced that humans will never move beyond their cruelty. West ventures to create a humanoid robot, one to be exploited so that people no longer have to be. Edmond succeeds in making a more sophisticated robot, leading to something unexpected. Now, a growing population of this new species of “Bots” is threatening the concept of what it is to be human. Has Edmond saved the world or created a new class of victims?
- New title for Spring 2017
|Interest Level||Grade 9 - Grade 12|
|BISACS||JUV056000, JUV037000, JUV036000|
|Number of Pages||200|
|Title Format||Hardcovers, Anywhere eBooks|
|Dimensions||5.75 x 8.5|
Emergent Behavior - Bots - VOYA
Will there always be someone who is deemed less than someone else? Will humans always prey upon the vulnerable and less unfortunate? According to Edmond West, an MIT dropout, the answer is yes, humans will always look for someone to enslave or pick on. Believing this, Edmond decides to create robots that can be the recipients of humans’ cruelty so people no longer have to be. After working years in secret, Edmond creates Hart, an artificial intelligence so perfect that she is indistinguishable from humans. Hart learns, interacts with people, shows emotions, and even bleeds; however, when Hart is given free will, things change. Will the artificial intelligent be the exploited or will the humans? On the one hand, the reader can predict what will happen, but on the other, the story is fast paced and well written. Edmond is a believable character. The reader does not have to be as brilliant as Edmond to understand the technology and robotic science that goes into creating Hart–it is well within the reader’s reach. There are enough unresolved issues and possibilities for different twists that readers will look forward to the next book in what is advertised as a six-book series. This hi-low series could easily find a wider relationship than expected, and subsequent books will undoubtedly have waiting lists.
Emergent Behavior: "An exciting series"
In the first book of Taylor’s six-part series, Edmond West has discovered a way to rid the world of its darkest deeds: humanoid robots that will take the brunt of humanity’s abuse. Hart is his ideal creation, but things go awry when the robot proves just as unpredictable as its human counterparts. An exciting series for avid fans of futuristic, artificial intelligence narratives.
Emergent Behavior: "well written"
This first entry in a six-volume, high/low series introduces Edmond West, a robotics genius who wants to make a difference. Edmond is conscious of living in a world where humans are allowed to indulge their baser instincts on a class of people that Edmond refers to as “slaves”: disenfranchised, vulnerable, and overlooked. His ultimate goal is to create disposable humans into which humanity can channel their worst impulses. After years of working in secret, he creates an artificial intelligence named Hart that is indistinguishable from humans. She can learn skills, cry real tears, and even bleed. Once Edmond finds a way to allow Hart free will . . . well, the outcome of this Pygmalion story is predictable. All the same, the book is well written and moves at a brisk pace. The science involved is comprehensible to readers who are not robotics geniuses, and Edmond is believably complex and well-meaning. Dangling loose ends and the true development capabilities of Edmond’s bots will lead engaged readers into the next book.