October 31, 2018

Recommendation: Read it! It started the “trapped by a smart house” horror genre and, even better, it is told from the evil AI’s point of view.

E.M. Forester was the first to imagine smart houses and the Internet of Things in his 1909 short story “The Machine Stops.” The...

August 22, 2018

Robots: humanoid, small unmanned aerial vehicles.

What it gets right about robots:  The book isn’t particularly realistic in terms of robotics and artificial intelligence, but may be far too realistic with regards to the impact of poor software engineering.


July 13, 2018

Robots: humanoids, drones, service ‘bots

Recommendation: Savor the “Me and Bobby McGee” vibe of what happens next after the robot revolution while pondering software systems architectures.

The book is a brilliant tonal poem combining the basic Quest and Rebirth plots, wi...

May 7, 2018

Robots: service ‘bots, human-robot interaction, emotions, software architecture

Recommendation: Take a break from reading dark, ponderous sci-fi and enjoy a sci-fi/fantasy hybrid that has as many memorable characters and funny scenes as Avengers: Infinity Wars. And reme...

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