Techno-centricities and other modern concerns

Was it George Orwell who instilled a fear in older siblings? Or was it Isaac Asimov who made you overly cautious of your Furby? Is there a reason we are so obsessed with robots and technology. Perhaps it’s because thanks in part to the giant ever-so-powerful tech companies that keep growing exponentially. Or the social media sites which keep us all connected. Too connected, too powerful? What about the idea of being immortalized, placed in a body with no needs, a mind ever expanding and the ability to live forever. Better than vampirism: no blood sacrifices necessary. Asimov famously articulated three laws of robotics, the first of which states that a robot “may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.” Doesn’t that preclude free will? Aren’t there loopholes our new chappies could calculate that wouldn’t necessarily break those rules? In a brave new world isn’t it a wise move to read as much about technological advances and potential problems with advanced technology? Here at The Center for the Reader we carry many dystopian, science fiction, suspense, and horror novels. We can even see glimpses into a horrific interface of Ex Machinas and I, Robots through movies of the same names. Are we being controlled by our toaster ovens, TV’s, I-pods, Fitbit, computers, and our cell phones? Who is in control exactly…us or them? Here are some suggestions from The Center for the Reader to help you assess how well prepared you truly are.

*The Long Cosmos By Pratchett, Terry

*Puppet Master By Brown, Dale

*All Systems Red By Wells, Martha

* The Silver Cord Volumes 1 & 2 By Kelly, Kevin

*Dark Intelligence By Asher, Neal L.

*Robogenesis By Wilson, Daniel H.

* Extinction By Alpert, Mark

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