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Sometimes you have to break in to break out.
Raphael is the world’s first superintelligent robot. And virtuous to a fault—at least according to Andy, its creator turned doting father.
When an accident puts Andy home alone in a wheelchair, he learns that the AI has gone missing from its lab. Stolen, apparently, but there’s no evidence of a break-in.
How does a robot kept under constant surveillance simply vanish into thin air? Why is Andy being locked out by Halicom, the murky conglomerate that acquired his company? Most importantly, what happens when Raphael’s untested “laws” start breaking in the real world?
Andy believes his creation can do no wrong, but there’s something he might not have anticipated. He has something at his remote villa the robot is desperately seeking.
And make no mistake, Raphael is coming for it.
“The real question is, when will we draft an artificial intelligence bill of rights? What will that consist of? And who will get to decide that?”
“By far, the greatest danger of Artificial Intelligence is that people conclude too early that they understand it.”
“Not responding is a response – we are equally responsible for what we don’t do.”
Jonathan Safran Foer
What does it mean to be an artificial person? Should robots be given rights? What would a legal battle for AI rights look like? What kind of morality should we teach our creations? Are Asimov’s Three Laws the gold standard for guiding robot behavior or can we take them a step further?
Packaged in a taut techno-thriller that aims to both entertain and set you thinking, the answers to these questions and more are sure to enthrall and captivate anyone who loves to mull about the future of AI and humanity.