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'Machinehood' Upgrades Asimov's 3 Laws Of Robotics

S.B. Divya's debut novel does what the best science fiction does — establishes a future that's relatable, plausible, and infinitely strange, where implants and wearable tech help humans survive.
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For anyone who has purchased a pair of shoes online, only to be immediately pursued across the Internet by enthusiastic algorithms exclaiming that we will love exactly the same pair of shoes (which is, technically speaking, true), the globe-spanning future of 2095 that Machinehood presents through the eyes of two women caught in its web feels disconcertingly logical.

From the very first page, , the debut science fiction novel from Nebula- and Hugo-award nominated machine intelligence specialist and biomedical engineer goes on to upend long-established laws of robotics, question longstanding political machinations, establish a credible voyeurism-based sub-economy, and take us on a thrilling who-done-it through the advent of the singularity are only a few of the novel's accomplishments. also introduces us to the plight of humans caught within a future where everything is faster, better, and smarter — everything except humans.

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