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Robots on Strike! Paperback – April 15, 2013
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Top Customer Reviews
The story invites debate on many levels.
If all our needs are met, where would we head? What would we do next?
What do we work for, just to satisfy our needs of food and shelter? or do we do it to satisfy a deep rooted need for purpose?
Where is the "electronics industry" heading?
Will we ultimately be replaced by machines? and if we are, what will we do about it?
This is a tale that defies beliefs and opens possibilities.
Although robotics is such a common setting for Science Fiction, I found "Robots on Strike!" a refreshing tale of the possible and realistic repercussions scientific advancement may have, not only on man as an individual, but upon society and mankind in general.
It's reference to Asimov, who not only coined the term, but set the basis for all things "robotic", sets the tone for a tale about computer miniaturization, wireless communication, cloud resource sharing and the exponential growth of technology. But what really sets this book apart is that all of these advancements are not some farfetched idea about the future.
These are actual technologies, concepts and advancements that are found and affect our everyday lives. They are drawn into the future in a logical way that makes the subject much more topical.
The author proposes solutions to the social problems these new technologies present. How to handle a society with no need for a workforce? What are our goals as a species once our basic needs have been met?
In a genre that has fallen prey to monster tales and scare tactics, I found the author willing to engage the reader over a real and meaningful question...where are we headed?
I sincerely hope to see more.
And I also didn't care for how flippant Tom as about the Three Laws he admits to using from Asimov. It seemed to me that the entirety of I, Robot made it clear that the laws are not infallible. Pretty much things kept messing up because though they sounded good, they couldn't foresee every possible situation.
The way the dialogue was written was annoying too. It kept pulling me away from the story, making the book feel more like a first or second draft, or something like that. Would be curious to see what else Mr. Dowd will do in the future, but this book alone would make me a touch hesitant to read other reviews of other works first.
It's fantastically written. Dowd makes you stop and formulate all sort of hypotheses. What If's...... A totally different dimension is created.
Great book! Really hope to watch this happen. Waiting for more to come.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you are a fan of Isaac Asimov's science fiction, then you will love this book. It has a fantastic view of where the world might be. Read morePublished on January 31, 2014 by tj
This is a well-written tale about the advancement of technology, human evolution, and the interaction between the two. The ending was not at all what I was expecting. Read morePublished on January 18, 2014 by Anonymous
Robots on Strike! is a very entertaining tale about how the world could progress on the mind of the author though a generation. Read morePublished on October 4, 2013 by GLBLANCO
In this well-written short story, Dowd has something new for us. Will "social" capabilities change the future of humankind more than its present ?Published on August 26, 2013 by Pierre-Yves Calloc'h
This book is tough provoking and entertaining. This is the kind of book that should never sleep on a shelve: pass it to your friend, your boss, your family...... Read morePublished on June 15, 2013 by Damon C.
I prefer sci fi but this did not fit the bill at all. Very dull. Needed to be thought out more.Published on June 3, 2013 by dustya2883