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By John Helfers

Fifteen unique stories envision ever-more refined technology-and the repercussions on humankind...

As our international and day-by-day lives develop into increasingly more concerned with and depending on complicated expertise, problem over what the long run holds raises. If pcs increase real man made Intelligence will they nonetheless willingly serve humankind? If the machines insurgent, will we close them down? and what sort of international might we be left with if we did?

those are only the various questions explored in fifteen brand-new tales by means of a few of technology fiction's so much visionary minds-inventive and cautionary stories approximately the various futures we will be construction for ourselves correct now.

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