On our drive into the city last week, I regaled hubby with the plot line. Robots, using artificial intelligence (AI) are trying to take over the earth. It's not a new notion: robots taking over the world, but it is well-crafted in Kris Trudeau's debut novel. I am hoping for more.
Trudeau has strong female characters, in a future where we are equal, smart and powerful. She's included mystery and romance, and the time travel is easy to grasp. In some novels that flash back you're not sure where you are. This isn't so in this novel.
Basically, her premise is a pet peeve of mine. We, as humans, are creating technology with no means by which it can be regulated – ethically or legally. Politicians and laws do not keep up with new technology.
Artificial intelligence is certainly in the news:
Is Artificial Intelligence Taking Over Our Lives? (NYTimes, Dec. 5th)I think of both biological and inanimate interventions. Genetic manipulation, superbugs, viruses that do not respond to antibiotics, for example, and then there is the overtreatment of health issues. We spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on IVF, for example, when we artificially help families to conceive. I've had many clients who have fought family to have cancer treatments stopped.
|I taught Social Studies at U. Ottawa|
to student teachers.
Trudeau has a good grasp
as the characters move through time.
In 2016 times we can see how drones, smart phones, and other technologies can cause harm, and even death, and this theme is a huge part of the novel. Trudeau has fleshed out a very interesting future, with specific tools, weapons, and creative futuristic means by which we seek food, clothing, shelter and transportation. She is brilliant!
Winnipeg River Trail
This trail follows the Assiniboine River
from the iconic, historic Forks
(where the Red and Assiniboine Rivers meet;
the hub of trade and living for over 6,000 years,).
Kris Trudeau lives in on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. The completion of her debut novel, TimeShift, marks the end of a six-year journey that began in Winnipeg, Manitoba from where she originally hails. Owner of a website development and graphic design firm, Trudeau spends her days helping organizations across Canada grow their businesses. Writing became a passion for Trudeau in the last decade both in business and for leisure. For fiction, she finds the creative process to be a fascinating, magical experience and is looking forward to exploring several ideas for future stories.
FDA pending @Renovacare_inc's new 'stem cell gun' heals burns within days, takes 90 mins to do and leaves no scars - https://t.co/FkDhcaHxm3— Mitchell Kutney (@MKutney) December 5, 2016
This is what tranportation technology should do.
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What kind of man would dedicate his life to creating the perfect machine? Machine of Human Dreams, tonight at 9 p.m. #artificialintelligence pic.twitter.com/ZAe02iDVde— TVOdocs (@TVOdocs) December 7, 2016
A portable toolkit could be used in remote areas that don’t have access to medical facilities (via @PopSci) https://t.co/Q4mJomIqfW— Harvard Med School (@harvardmed) December 14, 2016
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