Balancing Accounts: A Robot Space Ship Shows How Autonomy and Initiative Works (Video Review)

April 8, 2019


Balancing Accounts is a solid short story, sort of a combination of the hard science of Vernor Vinge, the economic capitalism of Charlies Stross’ Saturn’s Children, and the robot's POV from Martha Wells’ Murderbot Diaries (though there is no snarky humor- this is more like ART’s POV). The story follows Annie, an autonomous space tug, as she has to deal with a mysterious cargo. Besides being a good read, the story is great illustration of the concepts of autonomy and initiative.




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