- File Size: 2311 KB
- Print Length: 197 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Benedict Martin (September 2, 2014)
- Publication Date: September 2, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00N9NSVZQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #689,726 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Set in Vancouver (I liked that, a switch from the yawn of Los Angeles or New York) we experience Charlie's journey from his point of view. And Charlie's perspective is vital to the success of this story, as he questions the morality of being a faux android, as a pawn in a con, to shake down some billionaire investors. But like "the man behind the mask" Charlie discovers that his behavior is changing--not always for the good--as he adopts the persona of his alter ego.
As I plunged deeper into the book (and what a wry satisfying read it was), I felt sympathy for Charlie due to the unsustainable tensions that he (or it) was experiencing. And I began to sense a subversive quality to the author's writing: cunningly, disguised within an extremely accessible and entertaining story, he surfaced several profound questions with regard to mankind's future interactions with artificially intelligent androids. Would the "torch and pitchfork" crowd come out to destroy those unlike themselves? Is an autonomous thinking entity capable of great feeling, including pain and sorrow, still just an "it", a thing? Would the willful destruction of such a device, embodied with a thoughtful human mind (and soul?), be a crime? And would humans be prone to behave increasingly badly in comparison to these intelligent robots?Read more ›
Charlie Robot is centered initially around a group of scientists known simply in this review as Doug, Naomi and Charlie. They are dabbling with creating the first completely functioning Artificial Intelligent person that cannot be recognized as a robot. This robot is named Steven and he mysteriously vanishes through a door left open by the lead scientist and fund money raiser, Doug. At the bottom of this particular food chain is Charlie who was responsible for digitizing his brain into Steven. With necessary fund raising scheduled, Charlie is talked into acting like a robot. What a concept! Not a robot acting like a man, as advertised, but the other way around.
This does lead to embarassment, anger, damage and destruction to all concerned especially bullies. Charlie seems to have garnered more strength as Charlie Robot and fights off interlopers at will. Fueling his strength is his anger at being put in the position of being poked and prodded by investors, paparazzi and the public at large. Also, growing are bi-partisan beliefs. One, that he should be put down like a dog, another that science has achieved its glorious robot making purpose. Charlie's nerves are understandably cracking under pressure.
Could this be a house of cards? Will Charlie be stolen by competitors and all revealed? Will Charlie maintain his secrecy and his temper even when Doug starts throwing money at him?Read more ›
"the sort of confidence that only comes from a complete lack of self- awareness."
"Sleeping on the couch, with its saggy middle and traveling cushions"
"I returned the cash into the bag, gently, like it was a kitten."
"Her answer was a pile of soft mattresses at the bottom of a lengthy drop".
I also enjoyed reading the scene set in my home town White Rock and felt like I was there sitting with Charlie in the expansive kitchen looking at the ocean view as he pondered his situation. I would love to see a movie based on Charlie Robot.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've never read a book quite like this one, and I have to say that I enjoyed it immensely. Charlie is awoken in the lunch room at work one day by his boss, who tells him that their... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Harmony Kent
Such a compelling story I couldn't put it down. It was a fun read even though you could see the twist coming.Published 6 months ago by Carol Morris
This book had very interesting content. I have never wondered about androids but this book gives perspective on the potential. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Kindle Customer
The idea of a robot not knowing he's a robot is confusing. No explanation how 3 people can do all the work required to build the robot. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Steve Matlock
The question is a fascinating one. If human ingenuity ever got to the point where it was able to create a conscious, sentient android as fully functioning and aware and as... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Peaceseeker
I enjoyed this book immensely. The narrative voice was natural, the characters were quirky and amusing, the dialogue perfectly pitched, and the plot very well thought through with... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Robyn Cain
Overall, I enjoyed this story about a pessimistic scientist who gets stuck having to pretend he's the first artificially intelligent android. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Greg Spry
I enjoyed this read. I found it to be an interesting concept and it definitely kept me turning the pages. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Hilda M Fehd