Madeline Ashby is the author of two of my favorite recent novels, vN and iD (links go to my reviews). In the Machine Dynasty series, Ashby envisions a near future world where Von Neumann self replicating androids have become an every-day part of our lives. They raise and teach our children, take on dangerous occupations, and were supposed to make our lives easier. Sounds easy, right? not so much, when you get the story from the vN’s point of view.
For more information about Madeline Ashby, her fiction, her travel schedule, and more, I encourage you to visit her website, and follow her on twitter. More than that, I encourage you to read her amazing fiction!
My question/prompt to Ms. Ashby for her guest post was:
Once upon a time we started with Asimov’s unemotional humanoid robots, and then we evolved to robots who could be tricked/programmed to believe they were human and robots who desperately wanted to be human, and now in the Machine Dynasty series we have robots who know they aren’t human, but tend to feel emotions even stronger and more powerfully than many people. What’s the next step for robot/AI fiction? Where do we go from here?
And here’s what she had to say: