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As our global and day-by-day lives turn into an increasing number of concerned with and depending on complicated expertise, obstacle over what the long run holds raises. If pcs enhance real synthetic Intelligence will they nonetheless willingly serve humankind? If the machines insurgent, do we close them down? and how much international might we be left with if we did?
those are only some of the questions explored in fifteen brand-new tales by way of a few of technology fiction's such a lot visionary minds-inventive and cautionary stories approximately the various futures we could be development for ourselves correct now.
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